Giant Hawkfish

Giant Hawkfish

Cirrhitus rivulatus

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Care Facts

Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Pacific Ocean
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Reef Safe: Monitor
Invert Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallons
Max Size: 24 inches

The Giant Hawkfish (Cirrhitus rivulatus), also known as the Hieroglyphic Hawkfish, can be found among the Eastern Pacific Ocean. They have a golden-beige body with warmer colored streaks outlined by a dark cobalt. Feeding on crustaceans, small fish and even juvenile marine reptiles, their coloration helps them hide from their prey. Reaching a maximum size of 24 inches, they are among the largest Hawkfish known. Given their eventual size, they should be kept in a large tank of at least 180 gallons. Though they do not bother coral, they may not be suitable for a reef aquarium, as they may predate on smaller fish, such as chromis or anthias, or crustaceans. Hawkfish should have caves and outcroppings to hide among, to help them feel safe. 

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