Longnose Hawk (Oxycirrhites typus)
Max Size: 5 inches
Reef Compatible: With Caution. May eat small fish and invertebrates.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
The Longnose Hawkfish boasts a striking appearance with its white body adorned by captivating red striping that runs both horizontally and vertically. These fish exhibit fascinating personalities, making them a delightful spectacle to observe. Remarkably, they hold the distinction of being the only Hawkfish species reported to have successfully spawned in captivity.
For their well-being, a 30-gallon or larger aquarium is suitable, and it is crucial to provide a tight-fitting lid to prevent any escape attempts. Known for their hardiness, Longnose Hawkfish exhibit semi-aggressive behavior, but they may become overpowered by larger hawkfish. However, they can thrive as excellent additions to a reef aquarium when provided with the proper conditions. Interestingly, they prefer to perch on and blend in with the Red Gorgonian Sea Fan or other similar decor.
To maintain their health and vitality, the Longnose Hawkfish should be offered a varied diet of marine meats, frozen preparations, and live feeder shrimp. Meeting their dietary needs will ensure their well-being and contribute to their thriving presence in the aquarium environment.