Blood Red Hawkfish (Cirrhitips fasciatus)
Family: Cirrhitidae (Hawkfish)
Natural Range: Pacific Ocean
Depth: 7 to 170 ft. Size: 5 in. Jumps: No Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Small fish, xanthids crabs, shrimp, zooplankton, copepods, amphipods, brittle stars
Natural History: The Blood Red Hawkfish is generally found individually on coral and basalt reefs. It feeds day and night on benthic prey. It is usually observed perched in exposed areas on rock, hunting for food. It does not associate with stony corals as many other hawkfishes do.
Husbandry: It is a very hardy aquarium fish and will generally feed on a variety of foods, including flake and other processed foods. It should be housed with other more aggressive species, including angelfish, dottybacks, triggerfishes, etc. Its tankmates should be at least its size. It may eat ornamental crustaceans and small fish in an aquarium.
AKA: Redbar Hawkfish, Banded Hawkfish
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