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Falco's Hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys falco. Scott W. Michael
Longnose Hawkfish, Oxycirrhites typus. Scott W. Michael
Arc-Eye Hawkfish, Paracirrhites arcatus. Scott W. Michael

Hardy & Commendable Species to Consider

A quick guide to the hawkfishes, including both the best and worst species choices as selected by expert hobbyists, marine biologists, and respected aquarium shop owners.

Best Hawkfishes

Species likely to thrive with proper care & feeding:

Worst Hawkfishes

Species not likely to succeed.

  • None.
  • Note: Some hawkfishes grow quite large, and the whole family is predatory on smaller fishes. Choose your species carefully.

All Hawkfishes



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Reference: The 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM