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Freckled Hawkfish
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Freckled Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Black, Green, Red, Tan, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
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"
Origin Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Sri Lanka
Family Cirrhitidae
Minimum Tank Size 70 gallons
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Overview

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.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 5"

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