Longnose Hawkfish - Oxycirrhites typus: Longnose Hawkfish another most popular species along with the flame hawkfish, the Longnose Hawkfish is the much sought after variety by aquarists all over the world. Relatively scarce, the species often commands a price higher than the rest. The primary colors of the Longnose Hawkfish are white and red with mottled markings and a concave tail. The adult males have black fringing on their pelvic and caudal fins; however, all Longnose Hawkfishes begin life as females and become males later on. The Longnose Hawkfish has a single dorsal fin with ten spines and thirteen rays; two to four cirri from membrane near tip of each dorsal spine; an anal fin with three spines and seven rays. Both monogamous and polygamous by nature, the Longnose Hawkfish courts and spawns at dusk in the shallow waters though trials for making them spawn in captivity bore no results. The longnose hawkfish is also hardy and disease-resistant and require no special care; however, their territorial nature can make them aggressive till the time it can form a pair.
Maximum Size: Both the male and the female grow up to 12 cm or 4.7 inches.
The body of the Longnose Hawkfish is much elongated and comes between 4.4 inches and 4.6 inches generally.
Minimum Tank Size Suggested:
A minimum 30-gallon tank is required to keep the Longnose Hawkfish.
The Longnose Hawkfish can thrive in a fish-only, rocky environment with plenty of corals to serve as perches; however, space and fairly clean water is a necessity for this speciesí survival.
Largely available in the tropical South Pacific Ocean, the Longnose Hawkfish also extends out to the far eastern and western edges of the Pacific, though the Indo-Pacific to Hawaii area comprises the maximum concentration. It is found in the southern Taiwanese region. Prefers steep outer reef slopes exposed to strong currents and large gorgonians and black corals make for it a nice abode.
Feeding and Diet:
Carnivorous and open to any meaty offerings, the Longnose Hawkfish easily adapts to a wide range of aquarium foods though smaller tank-mates also make for it a sumptuous diet. That includes other smaller fishes, crabs, shrimps and snails and this is where the wide mouth of this species comes handy. Planktonic crustaceans also make a much-preferred diet for the Longnose Hawkfish.