Flame Hawkfish (Neocirrhites armatus)
Family: Cirrhitidae (Hawkfish)
Natural Range: Pacific Ocean
Size: 3.5 in. Jumps: Likely Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Caution
Diet: Benthic crustaceans
Natural History: The flame hawkfish is found on reefs solitary or in small groups, with one male attending several females. It is nearly always found on coral heads and will retreat deep into the coral spaces during danger, especially Pocillopora species. The Flame Hawkfish is monogamous or haremic, depending on population density. Females of this species can change to male.
Husbandry: The Flame Hawkfish will attack other small fishes and attempt to eat ornamental snails, crabs, and shrimp. It is very territorial and may attack other benthic fish. It is generally more secretive than other hawkfishes so plenty of hiding places should be provided.
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