Dwarf Hawkfish

(Cirrhitichthys falco)

Hawkfish should be added to aquariums with plenty of rock work. Adult Cirrhitichthys Hawkfish lack a swim bladder. Be sure to provide ample ledges, caves, cracks and crevices in order for them to perch and hide. Althought Hawkfish are somewhat peaceful they will defend their territory. Most Hawkfish are small, hardy and quite colorful making them a good addition to a home aquarium. All Hawkfish start life as a female with the largest most dominant fish becoming a male. Hawkfish are carnivores and will consume very small fish and other invertebrates. Feed a varied diet of meaty and algae based foods multiple times daily.

Dwarf Hawkfish are also sometimes known as Falco's Hawkfish. Somewhat commonly seen in the aquarium trade. Dwarf Hawkfish have a white head and body with red to brown spots, five vertical striipes with orange spots on the rear portion of its body and tail. Dwarf Hawkfish can grow to almost 3".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 30 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

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