Red Hawkfish

lg 77256 Red Hawkfish
Latin name: (Cyprinocirrhites polyactis)

Care Level





Orange, Purple, Red



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

30 gallons



The Red Hawkfish, also known as the Soaring, Swallowtail, or Lyretail Hawkfish, is a unique species that stands out from the rest of the hawkfish family. It has a mottled orange to red body and a distinctive lyre-shaped tail. This distinctive trait is what makes the Red Hawkfish a sought-after species for aquarists. Additionally, its vibrant coloring and unique shape make it a beautiful addition to any aquarium. With its hardy nature, the Red Hawkfish is an ideal species for beginners in the hobby of marine aquarium keeping.

A 30 gallon or larger aquarium is the optimal size for these hardy and aggressive fish. It can be kept in a group of other Red Hawkfish, provided they are all added to the tank at the same time and there is enough space. Despite its appetite for small fish and shrimp, the Red Hawkfish can make an excellent addition to a reef tank when the right conditions are met. It uses anemones and large-polyped corals for shelter and security. Moreover, it is relatively easy to care for, as it is tolerant to a wide range of water parameters. Finally, it is a visually stunning species that adds a unique element of beauty to any aquarium.

A diet including a variety of marine meats, frozen preparations, and live feeder shrimp is necessary for the Red Hawkfish.

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