Red Hawkfish

Greek Name: (Cyprinocirrhites polyactis)



Red Hawkfish, also known as the Soaring, Swallowtail, or Lyretail Hawkfish, has a streak of orange and bright red within the body. The tail’s shape is lyre which distinguishes it from other species of hawkfish.

A bigger than 30 gallons of aquarium space is enough for this strong and robust fish. It is possible to place it with other Red Hawkfish if all are added to the tank at the same time and enough space is available. While it is a shrimp-feeding fish, it’s excellent as a reef fish under the right conditions. It utilizes anemones as well as huge-polyped corals in order to defend itself against the elements.

The Red Hawkfish diet should include different seafood products including frozen foods, live feeder shrimp.

Approximate Size 1″ to 2-1/2″


Care Level




Color Form

Orange, Purple, Red



Reef Compatible

With Caution

Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size



Indonesia, Maldives, New Caledonia



Minimum Tank

30 gallons


General information regarding Red Hawkfish

The Red Hawkfish has a mottled orange to red body. Its tail is shaped like a lyre distinguishing it from the majority of other species in appearance. A larger or medium-sized aquarium is suitable for this tough as well as aggressive species. It is possible to group it together with the other Red Hawkfish if all are brought into the aquarium simultaneously and if there’s enough space. While it is a scavenger for small shrimp and fish but it is an excellent reef mate under the proper conditions. It makes use of anemones and big-polyped corals to protect itself.

Additional information


Large, Medium, Small

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