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Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)

Longnose Hawkfish or Oxycirrhites typus is a just one of the over 30 different species of Hawkfish. They can be differentiated from other Hawkfish by, you guess it, their long noses! These saltwater fish have a white body with red stripes that run both horizontally, and vertically. You can check out the Longnose Hawkfish underwater in the video below...

Longnose Hawkfish are one of the most interesting fish to watch, and are considered to have a great personality. For this reason they are often kept in an saltwater aquarium. The follow water conditions are acceptable for this fish, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4 and sg 1.020-1.025. They only grow to about 5" in maximum length, so an aquarium or 30 gallons or more is acceptable. Make sure your aquarium is lidded though, because these fish have been known to try and jump out. They can be fed frozen meaty foods and live feeder shrimp.Longnose Hawkfish are safe to put in a reef aquarium, and will even spawn in an aquarium under the right conditions. This makes the Longnose Hawkfish the only known Hawkfish to breed in an aquarium setting.  If you have any additional information about this species of Hawkfish please leave us a comment below.

1 comment:

Maldives Scuba Diving said...

The long-nose hawkfish is amazing! I've seen them a couple of times scuba diving in the Maldives!

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