Flame Hawkfish (Neocirrhites armatus)
Common Name: Flame Hawkfish
Scientific Name: Neocirrhites armatus
Reef-Safe: With Caution
Min. Tank Size: 20 gallons
Captive Care: Easy
Max. Size: 9 cm (3.5")
Range: Widely distributed among islands of the central and western Pacific from Great Barrier Reef to Line and Pitcairn islands, north to Ryukyu and Ogasawara islands. Only East Indian record from Louisiade Group, Papua New Guinea.
Depth: 1 - 10m (3.3 - 33ft)
Remarks: A popular hawkfish that is very active and bold, and has very interesting personality. Bottom dweller. Likes to perch on rock and corals, and hop from one branch to another. Be careful when adding small inverts such as shrimps and crabs after this fish has settled, especially when larger, as it will perceive them as food. Keep this fish well-fed and it will generally prefer your food than having to chase after live critters.