Two weeks ago we had long horns, now a long nose: our fish of the week is the Longnose Hawkfish! These fish have a distinctive elongated snout that is used to snatch tiny shrimp out of rock crevices in coral reefs. They are a peaceful reef fish and are get along with many other fish species. This fish is an ambush predator, meaning, they will lie in wait for a tasty meal to drift by. If you are thinking about adding one to your home aquarium, do not expect them to be actively swimming around the tank! Most hawkfish will perch on rocks and corals for most of their day, but they do appreciate cracks and crevices to hide in. These fish have been known to leap out of their tanks, so a secure lid is required.
Longnose hawkfish will fight with similar individuals of the same sex. Fish may be injured if fighting ensues. These fish can be kept in male-female pairs, but no more. They are carnivorous fish and need to be fed brine shrimp or mysids at least once a day.