Dwarf Hawkfish - Cirrhitichthys falco

SKU: 286247
Manufacturer: That Fish Place
MPN: F91 0007 0449

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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.


F91 0007 0449
That Fish Place
Common NameDwarf Hawkfish
Scientific NameCirrhitichthys falco
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeNo
Max Size (in inches)3
Community SafeYes
pH Range8.0-8.4
Min Tank Size (in gallons)30
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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Very attentive and interactive!


Having a medium sized tank, I've always wanted a hawkfish. After getting this one, I fell more in love. It's super attentive to literally everything going on inside and outside the tank. It will come to recognize its owner and even expect food during routine feeding times— such a huge personality! Just a warning though, it will readily eat any kind of shrimp in your tank; not ideal to keep with shrimp. Otherwise, definitely my favorite out of everything in my tank livestock. ♡