Blood Red Hawkfish

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Cirrhitops fasciatus - (Bennett, 1828)
Blood Red Hawkfish

A hardy fish that is best housed with larger or more aggressive species. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is an attractive and durable aquarium fish. In the wild, it feeds mainly on small fishes, xanthid crabs, and shrimps, but also consumes zooplankters (including larval shrimps, copepods, amphipods, and larval gastropods), octopuses, sipunculid worms, and serpent stars on occasion.

Family: Cirrhitidae

Other common name(s):

  • Redbar Hawkfish, Redbarred Hawkfish
  • Banded Hawkfish

Native range:

Habitat: Found on seaward reefs, in areas of moderate to rich coral growth.

Maximum length: 12.7 cm (5 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 76 L (20 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including finely shredded frozen seafood, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations, and Cyclop-eeze. It should also be fed some color-enhancing foods (e.g., some of the flake foods that contain added pigments, krill, and shrimp). Feed at least once a day, preferably twice.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

It is a threat to small fishes and crustaceans and is best housed with larger or more aggressive species.

[edit] Notes

Unlike most hawkfishes, C. fasciatus feeds during both the day and night.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Blood Red HawkfishRDF feed
Common name Blood Red Hawkfish  +, Redbar Hawkfish, Redbarred Hawkfish  +, and Banded Hawkfish  +
Family Cirrhitidae  +
Genus Cirrhitops  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 5 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range Madagascar  +, Reunion Island  +, Mauritius  +, Japan  +, and Hawaii  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name fasciatus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +