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saltysteven 11/04/2007 04:26 PM

whats the best HAWK Fish?
Ive had a long nose hawk fish before and he was great i started a new tank and see that they re alot of hawk fishes to pick from.
what do you think is the most interesting one? i plan on keeping a reef in the future

jnc914 11/04/2007 05:58 PM

I like the long nose Hawk best, then the Falco, and lastly the Flame. I lost my longnose when he decided to go carpet surfing. I am looking into getting another.

saltysteven 11/04/2007 06:43 PM

when is a good time to add him? i dont have any fish in at the moment but im planning my list

20reefer 11/04/2007 06:57 PM

I like the redspotted.

saltysteven 11/04/2007 07:01 PM

lol actualy thats what i think i had now looking at them side by side. its been some time but the redspotted was the one i had - he was cool.
20 reefer- did you have a longnose at any other time as well? wanted to know how they differ?

20reefer 11/04/2007 07:05 PM

No, never had one but from I have read both are one of the more safe with inverts. Sorry for my Englsh.

BangkokMatt 11/04/2007 11:08 PM

I prefer flame hawkfish. Loads of character.

Bret61081 11/04/2007 11:56 PM

Ive had a flame in my reef for almost 3 years now and it has barely even grown! Lots of personality and has never bothered any of my shrimp...and I have lots of different ones(sexy, anemone, cleaners, blood, blue coral banded and a few pepermints) I like the flames!

saltysteven 11/05/2007 06:42 AM

from what i remember you cant mix these different hawkfish, right?

hawkfish21 11/05/2007 11:16 AM

I had a flame, longnose & a arc-eye together in my 135. I didn't have any problems.

saltysteven 11/05/2007 11:39 AM

hawkfish21- really? thats cool

falconut 11/06/2007 11:44 AM

I had a Longnose for a while and I think they are assume, but mine jumped out, as so many do. He didn't bother my shrimp, but I only had him for a few months.

About a year ago I got a Geometric Pygmy Hawk:


He hid for a while in the beginning, but comes out alot more now. They only get about 1-1/2" - 2" max. and are probably the safest with shrimp. Not quite as visible as the Longnose, but they are pretty cool too.

Sigmund 11/06/2007 12:11 PM

I agree with the "Falconut" on the Geometric Pygmy hawkfish. They can be a little shy at first, but once they get comfortable they are much more outgoing, plus because they stay small no real problems usually with aggression or eating ornamental shrimps.

The only thing is they are not actually Hawkfish, even though they behave and look just like them. I believe they are actually some type of Anthias.

saltysteven 11/06/2007 01:18 PM

do they act like hawkfish? hopping around from place to place and starring at you?

Jeff-in-Akron 11/06/2007 01:38 PM

I have had a flame hawk and a spotted hawk in my 65 gal for 4 months. No problems between the two. I love the flame!

HPD Turbo 11/06/2007 02:11 PM

[QUOTE][i]<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11116689#post11116689 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by jnc914 [/i]
[B]I like the long nose Hawk best, then the Falco, and lastly the Flame. I lost my longnose when he decided to go carpet surfing. I am looking into getting another. [/B][/QUOTE]


Sigmund 11/07/2007 09:34 AM


Yes they act and behave just like hawkfish, no swim bladder so they hop from place to place perching. The benefit is they stay smaller, and have a better disposition.

tangers 11/07/2007 10:10 AM

I had a flame hawk and he was great. Careful though because they can go carpet surfing!

saltysteven 11/07/2007 10:16 AM

thanx sigmund, ill have to check him out.
as far as the flame does anyone have a problem with it eating feather dusters or any other invertebrates?

saltysteven 11/07/2007 10:22 AM

and also it says that hawkfish eat small shrimp but has anyone had problems with it eating a cleaner shrimp?

Stuart60611 11/07/2007 12:17 PM

Be careful with the flame hawk. They can be aggressive. I had one which did not take a liking to my royal gramma and constantly chased my gramma into hiding. I would definitely add the hawk toward the end b/c of potential aggression.

reeferboi6888 11/07/2007 04:06 PM

I have a falco in my 75 and it is awesome it is my favorite fish in there

Michelle L 11/07/2007 05:03 PM

[QUOTE][i]<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11134759#post11134759 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by saltysteven [/i]
[B]and also it says that hawkfish eat small shrimp but has anyone had problems with it eating a cleaner shrimp? [/B][/QUOTE]

I did. I had a Falco Hawk and he was very cool, but he killed both of my cleaner shrimp (dismembered them right in front of my eyes) and also killed five small cleaner gobies. He was an absolute terror. He also attacked my 7 inch foxface on a regular basis and would leap at the glass to try to get my cat.

He was very interactive, intellegent and a lot of fun, but was too aggressive to keep. I can definitely say that I had a love/hate relationship with that fish.

_FishFreak_724 11/07/2007 05:28 PM

I have owned many different hawks in my 120 gal Fo.

Ive had :
G. Pygmy
&& currently own an Arc Eye.

I think that my Arc Eye has had the most personality, they are very cool and very entertaining to watch. He gets along with all of his co-inhabinats ( puffers,triggers,tangs,eels,damsels, and even some cleaner and peppermint shrimps && he loves being cleaned) He swims around perching on everything he can find.

Id go with an arc-eye and if intended to keep with shrimp , add the shrimp first !!!

saltysteven 11/07/2007 05:47 PM

_FishFreak_724- im not to sure about that arceye. maybe you got a nice one. I found a great site for checking out fish-
check out it out

This is what it said about the arc eye:

The Arceye Hawkfish is orangish-pink with a white line down the body and a bright orange ring, with a bluish border around the back of the eye. This species is an excellent choice for an aggressive community setting. This species is bold and predatory. Do not keep it with fish equal to, or smaller than its own length, because it can (and will) swallow them. Keep only one per tank unless you have a very large aquarium. Provide with structures to perch on and nooks and crannies to hide in.

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