Does anyone keep a pair of Hawkfish?

Zionas

Member
Hi all, wondering if anyone keeps a pair of Hawkfish? I am keen on a pair of Flames and I wonder whether they mate for life, if so how do I get a pair of them? Also would you trust them around Shrimp Gobies and their Pistol Shrimp, blennies? Thanks.
 

Dan.

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I have a pair of Longnose, and Flames in a 240 with several Gobies and Blennies.
The Hawkfish really don't hang out together much.
 

Timfish

Timfish
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Hey Zionas, I have a 12+ year old pair of Flame Hawks in my oldest system. Most of the time they'll be in different places but they are often together for a little bit. If I'm not mistaken they are sequential hermaphrodites. I suspect they have been breeding regularly for quite a while as the smaller one occasionally looks like she swallowed a marble and the next day is back to normal but spawning hasn't ever been observed.
 

Zionas

Member
Oh hey there thanks for getting back to me. 12+ years is awesome. How did you manage to pair them? Any fighting?

I guess they are like Clownfish where you put in 2 smaller ones or 1 medium and 1 smaller one and the larger one changes sex to become the dominant male / female?
 
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Timfish

Timfish
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Well, more like dwarf angels where they both went into a QT and were watched to make sure they weren't killing each other and could be easily sepperated it things didn't work out.
 

Timfish

Timfish
Premium Member
So, so, not as easy as clowns, be ready to separate them so you don't loose one.
 

Timfish

Timfish
Premium Member
To be honest Zionas I don't know of any fish that form permanent pair bonds. I know clownfish certainly don't. In the wild males will mate with different females if their terittory overlaps the terittory of two females.

Hawkfish will get along with wrasses and the smaller species of lionfish. What I would be carefull mixing is the smaller species of hawkfish with the larger species choosing species that remain the same size.
 

Zionas

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If they come together at least some of the time I’ll be happy enough.

And I’m only going to have the Flame Hawks, no large wrasses and no lionfish or any other Hawkfish. The Clownfish part is interesting because I always see them swimming together.

I guess I’ll get either 2 small ones or 1 small and 1 medium and hope they start hanging together.
 

paal

New member
Got my 2 flames quite small.
They fought a lot in the beginning (not really fighting, more like one beating up the other) but after a few months things calmed down. Then a few more months and they have been hanging together inside the sps ever since :)
 

Zionas

Member
Got my 2 flames quite small.
They fought a lot in the beginning (not really fighting, more like one beating up the other) but after a few months things calmed down. Then a few more months and they have been hanging together inside the sps ever since :)

Nice. :) How Long have you had them and what size we're they when you got both of them?

Do you keep them with any inverts or other bottom dwellers?

Did they chase each other around and was it more fighting as in posing / mild nipping or did they do damage to each other?
 

paal

New member
I have had them for about a year. They were maybe 1.5 inches. Those are both just estimates though. My memory is horrible. :lolspin:

My only inverts are some hermit crabs and 2 peppermint shrimp.
I was worried about the shrimps at first, but they seemed fine. It has been a few months since I've seen them though, so it IS possible that the flames have eaten them(!) (I only ever saw them after dark- I'll let you know if I see them again :) )

The aggression was a bit rough in the beginning. To the point where I actually tried to trap one of them (but I failed)
The aggressor didn't chase the other one constantly, but every time he saw him he would attack instantly and stay on him for few seconds. It looked bad.
Eventually though, the attacks started getting less ferocious and after a while it was just a "scare"; no actual biting or anything. At that point, the weaker hawk started spending more and more time out perching in the open. And then one day I saw them perching together. It all just happened super gradual over a few months.

Tank is 100g (40x30x20) with a lot of spaces for hiding. Not sure how it would have turned out in a smaller tank.

Added a pic for reference (and ofc, on that one they are NOT together, but... whatever. Maybe I can record a quick vid of them later on :) )

Good luck!

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