Description: The Falcos hawkfish
is a lovely, personable little fish that should be considered
by the neophyte and experienced aquarist alike. Like all of the
hawkfish species, Cirrhitichthys falco has cirri (hairlike projections)
around the nostrils and on the dorsal fin. The Falco reaches
a maximum length of around 3 inches. The Falcos hawkfish
is a fairly showy fish that will pounce from perch to perch,
in full view, as it watches for food. The Falcos hawkfish
will quickly learn to beg at the waters surface and will
even take food from the hobbyists fingers.
The Falcos hawkfish is found from the Maldives east to
Samoa. The Falcos hawkfish is found at depths of 13 to
150 feet on coral-rich patch reefs and reef faces. Rather than
perching on top of coral heads, they are more often found at
the base of coral colonies or patch reefs.
Cirrhitichthys falco is one of the least aggressive and less
predatory members of the family. As a result, the Falcos
hawkfish will fit into a wider range of community aquariums.
In smaller aquariums it may pick on cardinalfish, gobies and
dartfish, but in a larger aquarium, it rarely bothers these species.
The Falcos hawkfish may feed on nano-gobies and has also
been known to attack crustaceans (especially more diminutive
shrimp) during or just after molting. Falcos hawkfish is
not immune to being picked on. They are subject to being chased
and nipped at by dottybacks, other hawkfish, damselfish and larger
sand perches. The Falcos hawkfish may also be targeted
by piscivores, such as lizardfish, frogfish, scorpionfish, groupers
minimum 30 gallon
diet:The hawkfish are carnivores.
They do well on a diet which includes all kinds of live, frozen,
and flake foods. Best to feed small amounts several times a day.
We generally feed freeze dried krill, squid, shrimp (the same
kind people eat), mussels, and all kinds of chopped up fish
Caution. Hawkfish will not
bother corals, but may eat feather duster feeding tentacles and
Purchase Size: Small: 1"
to 1-3/4" ; Medium 1-3/4" to 3" : Large 3"