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- Flame Hawkfish
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- Scarlet Hawkfish
- Fire Hawkfish
Neocirrhites armatus enjoy a large head in proportion to their body - typical of many in the Cirrhitidae family, along with their lack of a swim bladder. They have a bright red body with black markings along the dorsal fin and around the eyes.
To about 9cm maximum length.
N. armatus are generally peaceful with an extremely inquisitive personality. They will often perch on rocks and within the branches of hard corals observing what is happening outside the tank.
Substantial swimming space is not a prerequisite for N. armatus - but consideration should be given to its maximum anticipated size, remembering that these are very stocky fish!
Require well oxygenated water - normally requiring decent water flow.
A very tough fish - tolerant of poor water conditions, resistant to disease and copes with collection and transport well.
A notorious jumper. Some do, some don't - consider taking precautions.
Generally compatible with most reef fish, with the possible exception of other hawkfish.
No reported issues.
Despite their popularity, hawkfish are not generally what would be considered "reef safe". In captivity, have been reported to eat both feather dusters and ornamental shrimp, as well as pick hermit crabs and snails out of their shells.
N. armatus are protogynous hermaphrodites, beginning life as females. The dominant individual become male. There are no visible differences between males and females. They are monogamous pelagic spawners, releasing their eggs close to the water's surface at night. They have not yet been successfully bred in captivity.
This species inhabits coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific.