Freckled Hawkfish - Paracirrhites forsteri
Minimum Tank Size - 70 gallons
Care Level – Easy
Temperament – Aggressive
Reef Compatible - With Caution
Water Conditions - 72-78° F, dKH
8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size - 9"
Color Form - Black, Green, Red, Tan,
Diet – Carnivore
Compatibility - View Chart
Origin - Australia, Hawaii,
Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu
Notes - The Freckled Hawkfish, also
known as Forster's Hawkfish or Blackside Hawkfish, undergoes color changes
several times during its lifetime. As a juvenile, it is burgundy with a yellow
tail. As an adult, it may be pink, brown, or an olive color. The black or red
freckles on the face are constant throughout its lifetime.
A 70 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary for this fish.
It hunts crustaceans and smaller fish, and it should be the last fish
introduced to a semi-aggressive to aggressive community of fish. It becomes
very territorial and will harass new additions including other hawkfish and
fish that are much larger than itself.
The Freckled Hawkfish diet should include a variety of
marine meats, frozen preparations, and live feeder shrimp.