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07/09/2017, 12:22 AM
Picked up this little guy today and how cute. I was worried about putting him in with my larger yellow coris wrasse but everyone seemed good. I hope he sticks around for awhile!

07/09/2017, 09:28 AM
They are one of the coolest fish out there.
Lots of personality and easy to care for and feed.


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07/09/2017, 01:40 PM
Yes they are.....

07/09/2017, 09:14 PM
Good grief I think I'm in love.....lol

07/10/2017, 01:25 PM
Great fish, but be careful they can be a PITA to smaller fish and other bottom dwellers.

07/10/2017, 03:05 PM
I've had mine almost two years. Hasn't really grown too much. I love him - he just flits around between his favorite perching places. I feed him pellets and he's real hardy.

07/10/2017, 04:54 PM
Well I don't have any smaller fish and only snails and two conches. Haven't seen him go after much food yet but he sure likes the frozen brine shrimp. Only been a few days so far.

07/11/2017, 12:24 AM
Yes, agree about personality so to speak. But IME, they like to harass small inverts.

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07/11/2017, 02:12 AM
I added a 2nd one about a month ago hoping they would pair up. Swam around together the first couple days, but have kept to themselves ever since.

If any flame hawk owner is in need of a smile, just imagine a tank full of these guys.

07/11/2017, 03:39 AM
Great fish, I have a pair in the big tank.

07/11/2017, 01:32 PM
The coolest fish in the sea.

IME, they will go after small fish, small crustaceans and snails. They also are prone to jumping.

07/11/2017, 07:33 PM
He is not going after anything or jumping even though tank is covered. The only problem is my female clown is always haressing it. If my whoop *** stick won't stop her then it's going to be more drastic.

07/11/2017, 10:28 PM
Well so much for going after hermit crabs. Big one just crawled up to my hawk and the fish didn't even care as he took off.

07/12/2017, 06:03 PM
I've had zero issues with jumping although mine took out my two cleaner shrimp within the first two months (which I knew was a gamble). They are definitely a risk to smaller fish and I would even say larger ones as well. I've noticed a few nipped fins on occasion with my Regal Angel who is similar in size along with my radiant wrasse. Given my other tankmantes I'm putting the blame on the hawkfish. The damage heals and it's never severe but happens.

07/14/2017, 07:23 PM
Ours is in with a large skunk cleaner shrimp and a large fire shrimp.
No issues with those or the cleaner gobi's or the hermit crabs.

We had 2 Long Nose that paired up a few years back but lost one in a tank crash.

The remaining long-nosed and the flame hawkfish got along fine for a year.
New Flame Hawk was about the same size/weight(?) as the long nose.

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07/14/2017, 08:25 PM
Yeah mine doesn't seem aggressive at all but then again he is small.

07/16/2017, 12:33 PM
My tank has corner overflows. This is where my flame hawkfish sleeps. He jumps over the weir at night and jumps back in the morning

07/16/2017, 03:22 PM
Lol..... that's neat.

07/16/2017, 05:40 PM
My tank has corner overflows. This is where my flame hawkfish sleeps. He jumps over the weir at night and jumps back in the morning

Lol, you have to get video of that!!

07/16/2017, 06:00 PM
Never seen him do it.... just find him there at night, and back in the DT in the morning. Only way in is up and over. Going on for a couple months now. I did have bristle worms in the overflow...not now. He only does this on one side.

Silly clownfish
07/17/2017, 08:07 PM
Hawkfish can jump - it tends to be because they are startled or chased, not for the fun of it like wrasses. My first flame hawk jumped out after about 8 months, the evening before there had been loud noises, fireworks or thunder, I forget. That was with a full glass canopy, but a small opening around cords or a return pipe.

I have have had my second hawk fish for over 18 years now. He (?) can be a bit if a bully, not attacking pther fish, but first in line for food. My foxface has established himself well, a flash of his spikes and the hawk backs off.

Hermit crabs are hawk food. It might take a while, but he catches them when they change shells. My coral banded shrimp has been fine with the hawk for 11 years. The CBS was pretty big when I got it with thebidea that it would be too big to eat.

Flame hawks are such cool fish, they are worth not having hermit crabs for.


07/17/2017, 08:15 PM
My two mating clowns keep my hawkfish in check. Haven't seen the hawkfish go after anything including crabs. Even if he did it's no big deal.

07/18/2017, 11:51 PM
This hawkfish is so neat. My female clown will often nudge him back into an area the clown cannot squeeze into. I'm not sure if the clown is being an ahole or if the hawkfish is just getting on her nerves and loving it.

The hawkfish sometimes will look so cute peeking out from under my monticap also. These guys sure have that personality.