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Pixy Hawkfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Pixy Hawkfish
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The Pixy Hawkfish, also known as the Coral Hawkfish, is sometimes referred to as the Spotted Hawkfish, but it should not be confused with Cirrhitichthys aprinus, also called the Spotted Hawkfish. The Pixy Hawkfish has a whitish-blue body with large red spots.

A 30 gallon or larger aquarium is acceptable for this hardy and aggressive fish. It will harass small, peaceful fish and most any other fish that is introduced to the aquarium after it has become established. Its tank mates should be larger than itself and at least semi-aggressive. It will eat small fish and crustaceans.

The Pixy Hawkfish diet should include a variety of marine meats, frozen preparations, and live feeder shrimp.

Like other hawkfish, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anthias, Basslets, Batfish, Blennies, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Cardinalfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Filefish, Goatfish, Gobies, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Parrotfish, Pseudochromis, Puffers, Squirrelfish and Tangs & Surgeons.

Fish Facts

Name: Pixy Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus)

Family: Cirrhitidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 3 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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