Anyone own a red flame hawkfish?

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  1. Ethan Martel

    Ethan Martel Member

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    I'm going to be getting one in around a week or so, I just think they are awesome.

    Anything I should be warned about? Or are they just as cool as they seem?
     

  2. i lik fish

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    Definitely a fish with lots of personality, loves to perch. Your tank will be not be safe for crabs and shrimp and probably more which is why ive always stayed away from them lol
     
  3. nautical_nathaniel

    nautical_nathaniel Indecision may or may not be my problem. R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Great personality for a fish, just avoid having shrimp and other small inverts and fish.

    If you do get one, get a small magnetic frag rack and place it on the front panel of your aquarium, the hawkfish will sit there all day watching you and begging for food haha
     
  4. Raindog3030

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    Neocirrhites armatus? They are awesome! I kept a pair in a 150g, excellent fish, one of my all time favorites, tons of personality!

    +1 to saying goodbye to all crabs/shrimps!

    I would suggest, from experience, if you have a mated pair, get a lid. If I am correct, part of the mating ritual includes jumping, well, that's how I lost my male (although they are bi-directional hermaphrodites...lol)
     
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    I added one to my 65 gallon reef yesterday. Today he's eating like a hog and has lots of personality. He sits on my frag rack a lot. I'm very glad I got him.
     
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    I love my hawkfish! He has tons of personality. He likes to tease the clownfish and watch your every move.
     
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    Great fish with tons of personality as everyone has said. They will obliterate any shrimp at any cost, so as others are warning. Make sure you don't have any.
     
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    I have a pair. Very funny fish. Only get snails that can flip themselves over as these guys knock them down constantly.
     
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    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Partner Member 2018 Expert Contributor Partner Member

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    I have a pr in my tank, but also have large established cleaner and blood shrimp. As everyone says, tons of personality, and very hardy.
     
  10. zack801

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    One of my favorite fish i have owned. Until he jumped out of my tank and committed suicide.
     
  11. CindyKz

    CindyKz Well-Known Member

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    How are they with snails?
     
  12. Ethan Martel

    Ethan Martel Member

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    Thanks everyone! I don't have any more snails but i do have hermit ceabs. I've read good and bad about it. I'm somewhere on the fence
     
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    Had one for years. Ate my clean up crew. The last straw was when he started to beat up my fish.
     
  14. tony'stank

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    I’ve had Eed Flame hawkfishes for years without trouble. My current one has been in the tank about two years. Eight months ago he started eating and attacking crustaceans in the tank. He has killed 2 blood shrimp, a skunk cleaner shrimp, a coral banded shrimp, a purple reef lobster, and all my hermit crabs. The only crustacean I can keep is a strawberry crab
     
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    I had my flame hawk for 6 or 7 years, he hasn't touched my cleaner shrimp or snails. I feed my tank pretty heavily though so maybe he's content :)
     
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    I've had one for nearly a year along with 4 shrimp in my system, never have had any issues with the shrimp, 2 cleaners, 1 fire and 1 coral banded. Fantastic personality for sure!
     
  17. Austin S

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    Have had mine for 9 years now. No issues with shrimp or snails but enough people have reported caution so I would follow that advice. Simple but very cool. Personally my favorite. Mine did jump out of my aquarium one time. I found him on the floor and just tossed him back. He’s my ******.
     
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    My favorite fish in the hobby ;Shamefullyembarrased
     
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    Mine committed suicide too. Make sure your tank is completely covered!
     
  20. Susan Bates

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    I have 2 in my tank, so far no problems with snails or shrimp
     
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