The Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)
Blog post written by Andy | 28 April 2016 | Category: Marine fish
Customers often come into the shop saying their fish have real characters and personalities and one great example of this in the marine aquarium is the Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus).
It is a really attractive fish with an unusual body shape and elongated mouth giving it a ‘long nose’. They are a creamy colour with red or pink lines all over the body creating squares and rectangles. Their behaviour is unusual as they don’t really swim in open water unless it’s to feed. Instead they perch on corals or on overhanging rocks seemingly taking life easy.
I will however warn you that when these fish want to move, they really go for it so an open top aquarium is not a great idea. They get to a size of about 4-5 inches so not a huge fish but not a small one either, not suitable for a Nano tank. They are a relatively peaceful fish but have been known to bully smaller, slower fish if they try and take a preferred perch or cave.
They are also very greedy when it comes to feeding so any slow feeders may struggle to get anything. A wide variety of shrimp is recommended (Brine / Mysis and Krill seem to be preferred) and I wouldn't mix these with any small ornamental shrimps or small gobies as adult individuals have been known on rare occasions to go for small cleaner shrimp so that’s something to be aware of.
They are a very robust fish with a great personality, sitting on a coral or hiding between the fronds of a sea fan almost watching you as you go about your business. A really great and enjoyable fish to keep.
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