Brilliant Red HawkfishFamily: CirrhitidaeNeocirrhites armatus
The Flame Hawkfish or Brilliant Red Hawkfish is a rather shy fish that does not adapt well to captivity. Their pretty color makes them sell well in pet shops even though they are usually expensive.
They are best suited to a reef environment. The Flame Hawkfish or Brilliant Red Hawkfish are difficult to acclimate and need constantly moving well oxygenated water. It is probably best to stay away from this fish unless you are an experienced marine aquarist.
For more Information on keeping marine fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Flame Hawkfish ((Neochirrhites armatus)
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Flame Hawkfish in aquarists tank.
This short video shows a Flame Hawkfish in it's typical raptor like perch on a higher level in the tank. To the right is a hermit crab that the hawkfish has noticed, but doesn't seem interested in. As someone approaches near the end of the video, the lightning fast speed at which these fish can move is seen! They tend to hide more than other hawkfish, but with proper, non-aggressive tank mates, they will stay out in the open more often.
Maintenance: The hawkfish are carnivores. They do well on a diet which includes all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. Brine shrimp is the staple diet for these small carnivorous fish.
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Flame Hawkfish or Brilliant Red Hawkfish are found in the western Pacific, from Japan to Australia. They are usually seen hiding among branches of live corals (Stylophora mordax, Pocillopora elegans, P. eydouxi, or P. verrucosa). Retreats deep into the coral when approached.
Breeding/Reproduction Oviparous, monogamous. They exhibit typical Hawkfish courtship and spawning. See general breeding behavior for Hawkfish in the Breeding Marine Fish page.