The Falco Hawkfish or Dwarf Hawkfish is one of the most commonly seen of the hawkfish. They are a very interesting fish to watch and have very intricate and colorful markings. Although hard to see in the photo, they have bright yellow tufts (typical of hawkfish) on the dorsal fin rays.
This is a fish that doesn't get real big, only up to 2.5 inches (6 cm). The Falco Hawkfish or Dwarf Hawkfish are readily available and easy to keep.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Feeding the Falco Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco)
Falco's Hawkfish enjoying mysis shrimp
The Falco's Hawkfish is one of the best beginner saltwater fish around! Not only are they easy to feed, but they are inexpensive for saltwater fish, and can be kept in a 15 gallon nano tank! They cannot be housed with peaceful fish, but will be bullied by very aggressive fish in smaller tanks. Their personality is matchless in the marine world, and their tiny 2.7" size makes them a must have even in a reef. They will eat small sexy shrimp, small hermit crabs and small snails.
Falco's Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthy falco) RED VARIANT
Great example of a deep red color variation
The Falco's Hawkfish come in a few different shades of red. Some are reddish brown, while others, like this specimen are bright red! The Falco's that are found near coral are the redder specimens while the ones near only sandy and rubble areas are a brownish red. They can be kept alone, as pairs, or in small harems in very large tanks. Their small 2.7" size keeps their typical hawkfish attitude in check, so they can't do too much damage, unless you are a small snail, small crab of any sort or small shrimp!
Maintenance difficulty: The Falco Hawkfish or Dwarf Hawkfish is easy to keep. Hawkfish are among the hardiest of all marine fish.
Maintenance: The hawkfish are carnivores. They do well on a diet which includes all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. We generally feed freeze dried krill, squid, shrimp (the same kind people eat), mussels, and all kinds of chopped up fish.
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Falco Hawkfish or Dwarf Hawkfish are found in the western Pacific, from the Philippines to Japan, Samoa, the Barrier Reef, and New Caldonia. They inhabit shallow coastal to outer reef flats and slopes at depths up to 45 meters.
Foods: All kinds of meaty foods from small fish and invertebrates; crustaceans.
Social Behaviors: Found singly on the reef with one male presiding over a territory that will include 2 to 7 females.
Sex: Sexual differences: The male is usually larger.
Breeding/Reproduction: Indications are that it is haremic and spawns nightly. Occasionally in pairs. Typical Hawkfish courtship and spawning behavior is seen. See general breeding behavior for Hawkfish in the Breeding Marine Fish page.
Light: Recommended light levels: No special requirements.
Temperature: Hawkfish should be kept at temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Length/Diameter of fish: Falco Hawkfish or Dwarf Hawkfish adults can grow to 6.0 cm (2.5 inches).
Minimum Tank Length/Size: A minimum 20 gallon aquarium is recommended.
Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong No special requirements.
Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom Usually spends most of its' time on coral outcroppings near the bottom.
Availability: This fish is readily available and is inexpensive.