A Quick Guide to the Longnose Hawkfish
The Longnose Hawkfish is a member of the hawkfish species. This type of fish lives in tropical areas in the Atlantic and Indo Pacific Oceans. Some of the areas of the world where you will find this fish include, the Red Sea, the Hawaiian Island, and Japan. They can also be found in the Gulf of California.
When looking for the Longnose Hawkfish, it is usually necessary to dive to a depth of between 33 feet to over 60 feet. These fish do not migrate and will stay in the same area throughout their lives. This is a very territorial species that prefers to make their home on the edges of rock and black coral. One of the main reasons this fish got the name Longnose Hawkfish is because of their behavior. They will perch on the coral and rock and await their prey; once something shows up they swoop out and nab their prey.
The body of the Longnose Hawkfish is usually white and red with a unique grid type pattern; they have a long snout, and can grow to over 5-inches long. The male of this species is often larger, and more colorful than the female hawkfish.
This type of hawkfish is one of the most popular due to its colorful body, and that they are really a very interesting fish to observe. This fish is also very easy to keep because they respond well to the aquarium setting, plus they tend to be resistant to many types of marine diseases. Contributing to the popularity of this fish is also the fact that they are easy to get at most fish stores, plus they are relatively inexpensive when compared to many other types of saltwater fish.
To keep the Longnose Hawkfish in an aquarium, you will need a tank that is larger than 35 gallons, and you will want to fill the tank with plenty of rock and coral. In addition, the water temperature should be kept at about 75 to 79F.
Due to the fact that the Longnose Hawkfish is so territorial, it may be a good idea to keep these fish in a species-specific aquarium. If you do have more than one pair of hawkfish consisting of a male and female, you will definitely need a larger tank, though you can keep this fish alone, without others of its species because of their solitary nature.
You can have other types of fish in the tank, but to do this it would be necessary to add these fish first, letting them make themselves at home, and then adding the hawkfish later. Additionally, when adding other fish ensure that they are large enough that the hawkfish will not try and eat them. To protect your hawkfish from stings, do not use stinging types of coral in the tank.
When kept in an aquarium, the Longnose Hawkfish will eat both live and frozen food. The most common food that is fed to this fish is crustaceans, but you can also add small fish to the tank for the purpose of feeding the hawkfish. In most cases it is best to feed the hawkfish a varied diet and not the same thing at each feeding.
There have been no reports of successfully bringing spawned Longnose Hawkfish to full maturity in an aquarium environment, though they have been known to spawn in a tank. These fish are protogynous synchronous hermaphrodites, which means that they can change from male to female. In a tank these fish will lay their eggs toward the bottom, where they are hatched.