Red Hawkfish
Red Hawkfish
Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided.
Red Hawkfish (Cyprinocirrhites polyactis)
Additional locals and sizes may be available!

Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 6"
Color Form Orange, Purple, Red
Diet Carnivore
Compatibility View Chart
Origin Indonesia, Maldives, Vanuatu
Family Cirrhitidae
What do these Quick Stats mean? Click here for more information


The Red Hawkfish, also known as the Soaring, Swallowtail, or Lyretail Hawkfish, has a mottled orange to red body. Its lyre-shaped tail sets it apart from most of the other hawkfish in appearance.

A 30 gallon or larger aquarium is acceptable for this hardy and aggressive fish. It may be grouped with other Red Hawkfish if all are introduced to the aquarium at the same time and if there is adequate room available. Although it eats small fish and shrimp, it can make an excellent reef inhabitant under the right conditions. It uses anemones and large-polyped corals for protection.

The Red Hawkfish diet should include a variety of marine meats, frozen preparations, and live feeder shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2-1/2"

Customer Testimonials

Joseph S Knoxville , TN
Our red hawk is very hearty and gets along well with our long nose hawk. It seems to enjoy mysis shrimp and formula one (in small prices). I would highly recommend this fish for beginners, as he had no issues with acclimation to our aquarium. It is very active and has a good disposition.
1-1 of 1 testimonials

Bookmark and Share