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Cirrhitichthys falco, Falco's Hawkfish. Scott W. Michael

Family: Cirrhitidae

Species in Genus Cirrhitichthys:

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM


The members of this genus are well-suited to the reef tank, although they do prey on crustaceans. In the wild, these hawkfishes feed on small crustaceans, small fishes, fish eggs, and polychaete worms. They may feed on ornamental shrimps.

They are prone to aggression if crowded or once they are established in the tank. Newly introduced fishes (especially those that sit on the bottom) may be bullied by these hawkfishes. Do not house them with smaller gobies, dartfishes, or other passive fishes (unless the passive fishes are added to the tank first).

The Cirrhitichthys species may lose color over time in captivity. Be sure to feed a varied diet, including some color-enhancing flake foods.

Facts about CirrhitichthysRDF feed
Family Cirrhitidae  +
Image credit SWM  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Text credit SWM  +