Scarlet Hawkfish

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Scarlet Hawkfish, Neocirrhites armatus

  • Common Name: Scarlet Hawkfish
  • Latin Name: Neocirrhites armatus
  • Distribution: The Scarlet Hawkfish is naturally occurring in the Indo-Pacific region, including the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, and the western Pacific Ocean. It is not commonly found as a captive-bred fish.
  • Max Size: The Scarlet Hawkfish can grow up to 4 inches (10 centimetres) in length.
  • Temperature Range: The recommended temperature range for Scarlet Hawkfish is between 75°F and 80°F (24°C and 27°C).
  • pH Range: Scarlet Hawkfish prefer a pH range of 8.1 to 8.4.
  • KH Range: The KH (carbonate hardness) range suitable for Scarlet Hawkfish is around 8 to 12 dKH.
  • Care Level: Scarlet Hawkfish require intermediate to advanced care due to their specific requirements and delicate nature.
  • Lighting Preference: They do well under moderate to high lighting conditions.
  • Preferred Food: Scarlet Hawkfish are carnivorous and primarily feed on small crustaceans, such as shrimp and small fish.
  • Behaviour: Scarlet Hawkfish are known for their perching behaviour and are often observed perched on rocks or corals, waiting for prey to pass by. They are generally peaceful towards other tankmates but may display aggression towards smaller fish.
  • Suitable for Reef Tanks: Scarlet Hawkfish can be suitable for reef tanks, but caution should be exercised when keeping them with small, delicate invertebrates as they may consider them as food.
  • Interesting Facts: They are known to have an interesting hunting technique, where they rapidly extend their jaws forward to capture prey.

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The Scarlet Hawkfish (Neocirrhites armatus), is also known as Flame Hawkfish. These are beautiful and vibrant fish with a maximum size of around 6 inches (15 centimetres). It has a slender body and a distinctly elongated snout. As the name suggests, the fish is bright red and adorned with bold black markings. The dorsal fin is tall and pointed, giving it an elegant appearance.


The Scarlet Hawkfish belongs to the family Cirrhitidae, which consists of various species of hawkfishes. Its scientific name is Neocirrhitus armatus.

Natural Habitat:

In the wild, the Scarlet Hawkfish inhabits coral reefs and rocky areas with ample hiding spots. It seeks refuge within crevices or perches on coral branches, using its pectoral fins to prop itself up. This species prefers warm tropical waters and can be found in the Indo-Pacific region.

Keeping Scarlet Hawkfish Healthy:

The Scarlet Hawkfish requires moderate care and is suitable for intermediate to advanced aquarists. It prefers stable water parameters and pristine water quality. Regular monitoring of ammonia, nitrite, nitrate levels, as well as temperature and salinity, is necessary. A well-maintained protein skimmer and a reliable filtration system are recommended to keep the tank environment optimal.

Special Requirements and Feeding:

This hawkfish is a carnivorous species that feeds on small invertebrates, crustaceans, and fish in the wild. In an aquarium, it can be fed a varied diet consisting of live or frozen meaty foods such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and chopped fish. Offering a mix of different food sources ensures proper nutrition.

How Many Should I Keep?

It is best to keep the Scarlet Hawkfish as a solitary specimen or in a mated pair. They may become territorial towards their own species or similar-looking fish, so providing ample space and hiding spots is important.

Lighting Preference:

The Scarlet Hawkfish can adapt to a wide range of lighting conditions, but it generally thrives under moderate to bright lighting in the aquarium.

Suitable Tank Mates:

Compatible tank mates for the Scarlet Hawkfish include peaceful reef fish species that are not overly territorial or aggressive. However, caution should be exercised when selecting tank mates, as they may prey on smaller ornamental shrimp and other invertebrates.

Reproduction in the Wild:

During the reproductive season, Scarlet Hawkfish (Neocirrhites armatus) engage in courtship behaviours and release eggs and sperm into the water column for external fertilization. The specific details of their reproductive behaviour in the wild are not extensively documented.

Breeding Neocirrhites armatus:

  1. Set up:

Breeding Scarlet Hawkfish in a home aquarium requires careful planning and preparation. A spacious and well-maintained reef aquarium with appropriate hiding spots is essential. The water parameters should be stable, with a temperature range of 75-80°F (24-27°C) and a pH range of 8.1-8.4.

  1. Courtship/Spawning:

To encourage courtship and spawning, a bonded pair of Scarlet Hawkfish should be introduced to the breeding tank. Courtship behaviours may involve elaborate displays, fin movements, and colour changes. The female will release her eggs while the male releases his sperm to fertilize them in the water column.

  1. Rearing:

After spawning, it is crucial to remove the eggs from the breeding tank to a separate rearing system. The eggs are typically adhesive and will attach to a substrate. The rearing system should provide appropriate water flow, temperature, and lighting conditions to support the development of the eggs.

Sexual Dimorphism:

Sexual dimorphism in Scarlet Hawkfish is not well-documented, but males and females may exhibit subtle differences in size or colouration. However, it can be challenging to visually distinguish between the sexes.


The Scarlet Hawkfish, Neocirrhites armatus, is naturally distributed in the Indo-Pacific region, including the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, and the western Pacific Ocean. It is not typically available as a captive-bred or line-bred strain.


The Scarlet Hawkfish (Neocirrhites armatus) is a vibrant and captivating fish species with a distinctive appearance. Its care level requires attention to water quality, suitable tank mates, and a proper diet. While its reproductive behaviour in the wild is not extensively documented, breeding Scarlet Hawkfish in a home aquarium can be achieved by providing the appropriate setup, encouraging courtship and spawning, and providing a separate rearing system for the eggs. This species is native to the Indo-Pacific region and is not commonly available as a captive-bred strain. The Scarlet Hawkfish can be a beautiful addition to a well-maintained reef aquarium, but its care should be considered intermediate to advanced due to its specific requirements and delicate nature.

2 reviews for Scarlet Hawkfish

  1. Blair Stewart-Henderson

    Love this little fish. So much personality and brings a real flash of red to the tank. It’s always enjoyable to try and find where the little guy has perched himself in the tank. As always packaged a shipped well

  2. miarose_darbyshire (verified owner)

    My husband’s favourite fish in the tank! Proper little character already and not shy at all! Again, the colours on the fish cannot be undersold!

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  1. Dispatch Timeframe: Orders placed before 2pm will be dispatched on the same day. Orders placed after 2pm will be dispatched on the next working day.
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Livestock Delivery.

The store maintains specific policies regarding the delivery of livestock. Here are the key points:

  1. Licensed Livestock Courier: The store exclusively uses a licensed livestock courier for shipping fish and coral. This approach is chosen to ensure responsible and ethical transportation of the livestock.
  2. Livestock Shipping Fee: The livestock shipping fee charged to customers of £19.99 does not cover the true cost, and therefore, there is a minimum spend requirement of £30.00 before the option for livestock shipping becomes available.
  3. Pre-Arranged Delivery: The store never ships livestock without first arranging a suitable delivery day. Before dispatching the livestock, the store must confirm the agreed-upon delivery day with the customer.
  4. Saturday Delivery Confirmation: Customers who choose Saturday delivery must have their availability confirmed for the upcoming Saturday before the store sends out the livestock. This confirmation ensures that the livestock can be received promptly.
  5. Failure to wait for livestock: Not waiting for livestock, even if there is a reasonable delay, or cancelling an order after it has been dispatched will lead to you incurring charges for an emergency return to the base. Additionally, any losses of livestock will also be charged to you. Please be aware that the items you are ordering are living creatures – livestock. We kindly ask that you refrain from ordering livestock if you are unable to accommodate the possibility of a delayed delivery.

    These terms and conditions are a fundamental aspect of our policy. Our primary goal is to dissuade individuals who could react negatively to a delayed delivery and subsequently request order cancellations. It is of utmost importance to underscore that your order pertains to living creatures, not mere inanimate objects. In the event of an occasional delay, it is crucial that you respond in a rational and responsible manner, taking into account the welfare of the livestock. We kindly request that you refrain from placing an order for livestock if you tend to react strongly to such situations. By proceeding with the order of livestock, you indicate your acceptance and agreement to abide by these specified terms and conditions.

  6. Signature Requirement: Livestock deliveries require a signature upon receipt and cannot be left in a safe location. This precaution ensures proper handling and the well-being of the livestock.
  7. Geographic Restrictions: The courier has strict geographic restrictions for livestock deliveries. Unfortunately, deliveries to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands, and certain Scottish offshore postcodes may not be possible. Customers are encouraged to contact the store via email to confirm if livestock delivery is available in their area.
  8. Minimum Order Value and Order Cancellations: The store has a minimum order value of £30 for livestock shipping. Additionally, the store reserves the right to cancel orders that are deemed high-risk or involve a high number of single tropical freshwater fish species.

It is essential for customers to familiarize themselves with these policies before making a purchase. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or reach out to the store directly for clarification.

Livestock Geographical Exemptions.

The store has specific geographical exemptions for livestock deliveries. Here is a list of the areas and postcodes where livestock delivery is not available:

  1. Islands: Livestock cannot be delivered to the Shetlands, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man.
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Customers residing in these areas should be aware that livestock delivery is not available to their location.

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Important points regarding the return process are as follows:

  1. Return Condition: The goods must be returned in new and unused condition, as originally received. It is important to ensure that the goods are in the same condition as when they were sent out.
  2. Return Timeframe: The goods must be received by the store within 21 days of notifying them about the cancellation. During this time, customers are responsible for any loss or damage that may occur during the return shipping process.
  3. Refund Process: Once the store receives the goods in new and unused condition, they will initiate the refund process. The purchase price will be refunded to the customer.
  4. Return Condition Inspection: If the returned goods arrive in a condition that is less than what they were sent out in, the store reserves the right to return the goods to the customer, and no refund will be processed.

It is essential for customers to carefully review the store’s Returns Policy and follow the specified procedures to ensure a smooth and successful return and refund process. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s return policy, the following guidelines should be followed for returning goods:

  1. Use Returns Form: Customers need to use the store’s provided returns form to initiate the return process. This form helps the store acknowledge that the goods are being sent back.
  2. Return for Testing: If the goods are being returned for testing, the customer is responsible for covering the return shipping expenses.
  3. Refund of Postage Fees: The store will only refund postage fees if the order arrives damaged or becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of purchase. Proof of posting is important, and customers should ensure the goods are well-packed and obtain proof of posting as the goods remain their responsibility until received by the store.
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  5. Non-Refundable Postage: Postage costs for goods returned for any other reason than those mentioned above are non-refundable. The store reserves the right to deduct the original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Mistaken Purchases: If a customer has made a mistake in their purchase, they need to return the goods to the store. The customer is responsible for the return shipping costs in such cases.

It is important for customers to carefully follow the store’s return procedures and terms and conditions. For further details or specific inquiries, customers should refer to the store’s website or contact the store directly.


If customers receive faulty goods, the following guidelines apply according to the store’s policy:

  1. Notification of Faulty Goods: Customers must notify the store within 7 working days if they receive faulty goods. This notification should be made as soon as possible.
  2. Replacement Parts: If possible, the store will dispatch replacement parts for the faulty goods.
  3. Return of Goods: If replacement parts are not possible, the store may request customers to return the faulty goods in accordance with their Returns Policy. The specific return procedures and conditions should be followed.
  4. Verification of Damage: Once the store receives the returned goods, they will verify the damage. If the damage is confirmed, the store will supply the required replacements.
  5. Return Postage Costs: If the goods returned to the store are found to be in good working order, the store is not able to refund the return postage costs. Additionally, the store reserves the right to deduct their original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Consequential Loss or Damage: The store cannot take responsibility for any consequential loss or damage that arises directly or indirectly from the goods supplied.

Customers should carefully review and adhere to the store’s Returns Policy and procedures for returning faulty goods. For further clarification or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Manufacturer’s Guarantees

The store works in collaboration with manufacturers to ensure that their guarantees are honored, and they make their best efforts to resolve issues within the warranty period. The following guidelines apply to refunds and replacements:

  1. Postage Costs under Manufacturer’s Guarantee: Postage costs can only be refunded if the goods are returned to the store within 7 days of the original purchase, as per the manufacturer’s guarantee.
  2. Refund of Postage Costs for Faulty Goods: The store will refund postage costs for guarantee/warranty returns only if the product becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of receipt.
  3. Replacements with Manufacturer Authorization: Replacements, whether parts or goods, can only be offered when authorized by the manufacturer. Customers should contact the store for further guidance in such cases.
  4. Prior Approval for Returns: Goods should not be returned to the store without prior approval. Customers need to contact the store and obtain approval before returning any items.
  5. Replacement of Glass or Ceramic Items: Glass or ceramic items can only be replaced if the store is notified within 48 hours of receiving the delivery.
  6. Replacement of Glass Bulbs/Tubes: Glass bulbs or tubes can only be replaced if they become faulty within 14 days.

Customers should note and adhere to these guidelines to ensure a smooth and efficient resolution of any issues with their purchased items. For specific inquiries or further information, customers are advised to refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s policy, customers have the following responsibilities regarding breakages:

  1. Checking Goods on Arrival: It is the customer’s responsibility to thoroughly check the goods upon arrival for any damage. This should be done before signing for the parcel. If the parcel appears damaged, it is advised not to sign for it.
  2. Reporting Breakages: Any breakages or damages must be reported to the store within 48 hours of receiving the goods. It is important to promptly notify the store to initiate the resolution process.

By carefully inspecting the goods upon arrival and reporting any breakages within the specified timeframe, customers can ensure that appropriate actions are taken to address the issue. For specific instructions on reporting breakages or further information, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.