Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 9″
Color Form: Black, Green, Red, Tan, Yellow
Origin: Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu
The Freckled Hawkfish, commonly called Forster’s Hawkfish and Blackside Hawkfish, goes through multiple color changes during its lifetime. As a juvenile, the body is a burgundy color with a yellow tail. As an adult, it may be pink, brown, or an olive color. The freckles on the face, which are black or red, are constant through its lifetime.
A larger aquarium is necessary for the Freckled Hawkfish as it can reach nine inches in length. It hunts crustaceans and smaller fish, and should be the last fish introduced in a semi-aggressive to aggressive community of fish. The Freckled Hawkfish becomes very territorial and will harass any new additions including other hawkfish and fish that are much larger.
The diet of the Freckled Hawkfish should include a variety of marine meats, frozen preparations, and live feeder shrimp.