Giant Hawkfish

(Cirrhitus rivulatus)

Hawkfish should be added to aquariums with plenty of rock work. Adult Cirrhitops Hawkfish lack a swim bladder. Be sure to provide ample ledges, caves, cracks and crevices in order for them to perch and hide. 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. Cirrhitus Hawkfish are somewhat feisty and will defend their territory, house one per aquarium. Cirrhitus should be housed with tank mates that are not easily harrassed.

Giant Hawkfish are also sometimes known as Hierogllyphic Hawkfish. Not often seen in the aquarium trade. Giant Hawkfish are an overall olive green color with dark stripes starting around their eyes, two white spots near the rear of the dorsal fin and dark mottled stripes. Giant Hawkfish can grow to almost 24".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 150 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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