Longnose Hawkfish Compatibility

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  1. sundog101

    sundog101 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    What do you think about adding a longnose hawkfish with a goby pair and candy cane pistol shrimp. Note I don’t have either hawkfish or goby/shrimp yet. I don’t know if I would have to decide between the two or if both would work. I’m guessing the gobies would be fine, but what about the shrimp? The tank is a 93 cube.

    Thanks!
     
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    I have had a longnose hawk and goby/pistol combo for 1 year no issues. They are some of the only that have survived my massive tank death.
     
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    The longnose hawkfish is pretty much compatible with everything in my experience. Model citizen...

    If you get one, it may only eat frozen initially...but mine took a liking to pellets after about 2 weeks... ymmv
     
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    Hello Sundog. I had a longnose ,very cool &interesting fish. it did munch on the "small hermits & snails. I mean pretty small ones. How big is a candycane shrimp? That's what I'd worry about ,it's legs & such mostly.
     
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    What type of pistol shrimp and goby pair do you have? If it's a tiger pistol shrimp and some watchman gobies then I wouldn't be too concerned. If it is a peppermint pistol shrimp I would be concerned because they are super tiny and would make a decent snack for the longnose hawkfish eventually, even if the gobies are helping it by keeping a lookout.

    Edit: saw the candy cane shrimp reference, my bad haha. Yea I wouldn't be surprised if the hawkfish eventually starts to go after it. Mine goes after my tiger pistol shrimp every once in a while but my pistol shrimp is big enough to scare the hawkfish off pretty easily.
     
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    Get the shrimp and gobies first, the longnose should be fine.
     
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    My longnose hawkfish pair doesn't bother any inverts or any small fish that were in the tank before them. They did attack a royal gramma that was added after them and a bartlett's anthias (again added after). The royal gramma died. The anthias holds his own against them and they can't catch him.
     
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    Don't mean to barge in, but is the longnose generally less aggressive with more peaceful tankmates (ie: jawfish, pink streak wrasse, spot tail?), than a flamehawk or about the same?
     
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    Supposed to be less aggressive than a flamehawk but I have no direct experience with a flamehawk.
     
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    I have had both and flamehawk was much less aggressive!
    They are such wonderful fish, highly recommend long nose!
     
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    My longnose was a model citizen. I would add it after the shrimp though just in case though.
     
  12. eatbreakfast

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    I have found flame and longnose to be comparable.
     
  13. money88

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    hey dont mean to open an old thread but is there anyway I'd be able to introduce the candy cane pistol second? or am I just SOL? any tips or tricks? Want to add one for my Goby
     
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    I think you can, but all depends on size maybe???
     
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    Very dependant on size of tank, hawk, and shrimp.
     
  16. money88

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    Shrimp would be pretty small and I think the hawk could pretty easily eat him. Just didnt know if like introducing at night or temporarily moving hawk to quarantine would give the shrimp a few hours to settle in
     
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