Dwarf Hawkfish - Cirrhitichthys falco
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Item # 216741 / Manufacturer Part # F91 0007 0449
The Dwarf Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco) is also sometimes known simply as the Falco Hawkfish. It has two brown saddle shaped bars on the front of its white body and two red bars below the eye. Small red-brown blotches develop into stripes over the back, fading into a white underside. The dorsal spines are tipped with "cirri" - tiny tufts that branch off at the top.
Hawkfish are generally hardy fish with tons of "personality". They do not have swim bladders like most other fish and can usually be found perching on the substrate or rockwork. When a potential meal or invaders to their territorial swims (or crawls) by, the hawkfish will swoop in like their avian namesakes. They are always alert and will "hop" from perch to perch to investigate their surroundings.
These fish can be kept with most other tankmates in a community or reef aquarium. Aside from any irritation that their perching may cause, they will not bother or damage corals and stationary invertebrates. They will, however, prey on smaller tankmates and crustaceans like shrimp.
Hawkfish are not picky eaters and will almost always act hungry. They can be fed a variety of size-appropriate meaty foods (various types of shrimp, scallop, krill, fish flesh, plankton, squid, etc.) and most will also accept prepared foods like flakes and pellets. Larger hawkfish can be given live ghost shrimp as an occasional treat.
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Neat but wouldn't get again 8/14/2012
Reviewer: Jen the fish
This guy is very cool to watch, and almost reminds me of some sort of underwater lizard or frog the way his eyes move around. Problem is that he is very hostile to other fish (though not quite as bad as my Blue Devil), and you cannot have any shrimp in your tank as he will eat them right away. I got mine because it had formed a bond with a Coral Beauty I wanted, and I liked the idea that I could add two fish at once that already tolerated eachother. To be sure, they still do, but quite frankly I am waiting for him to go to fish heaven one day so I can replace him with something else.