Tuamotu Hawkfish

(Paracirrhites nisus)

Hawkfish should be added to aquariums with plenty of rock work. Adult Paracirrhites Hawkfish lack a swim bladder. Be sure to provide ample ledges, caves, cracks and crevices should be provided 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. Althought Hawkfish are somewhat peaceful they will defend their territory. Feed a varied diet of meaty and algae based foods multiple times daily.

Tuamotu Hawkfish are also sometimes known as the Nisus Hawkfish. Rarely seen in the aquarium trade. Tuamotu Hawkfish are generally a pale tan color with a horizontal white stripe outlined with two black stripes. Tuamotu 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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