Flame Hawkfish Care Guide

Scientific Names: Neocirrhites armatus
Origin: Western Pacific
Adult Size: 4”
Difficulty Level: Easy
Diet: Carnivorous
Min. Tank Size: 30 gallons
Compatibility: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes*

Brilliant color, hardiness, longevity and plenty of personality are all attributes of the Flame Hawkfish, making it a perfect fish for new (cycled) aquariums of 30 gallons or larger. Lacking an inflatable swim bladder, they hop about and perch on promontories to survey their surroundings. They usually have a den or overhang that serves as their “home” and will chase off those who come too close. For the most part they are good citizens in the aquarium, but care should be taken when introducing tiny gobies or blennies, small shrimp, feather dusters and hermit crabs. Strong circulation and a tight-fitting lid are requirements for keeping Flame Hawks. New arrivals can sometimes be finnicky eaters, but they can be coaxed with frozen foods and will soon learn to accept pellet and flake food. They are carnivores and should be fed a varied diet of meat-based foods.


Temperature: 74°- 80° F
Specific Gravity: 1.020 – 1.025
pH: 8.0 – 8.4
KH: 8° - 12°
Nitrate: < 10 ppm
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