Species group: Hawkfish
Other common names: Plectranthias Hawkfish; Geometric Flame Hawk
Scientific name: Plectranthias inermis
The Geometric Pygmy Hawkfish is a colorful and animated fish that grows to a maximum of 2 inches, and is, therefore, an ideal addition to a nano-aquarium. It is believed to help facilitate water movement among the coral heads by its activities like perching and swimming. It does tolerate other Hawkfish but care must be taken not to house it with larger ones. It is a low-maintainance fish.
It has pinkish-red geometric patterns on a white background.
The Geometric Pygmy Hawkfish is very docile by nature though it may bother extremely small shrimp and snails.
The Geometric Pygmy Hawkfish requires a 20- to 30-gallon tank. In marine waters, they are often seen swimming among or perched on corals. It is a perfect reef aquarium fish; the aquarium should be provided with live corals for the Hawkfish to eat, to perch on, and to hide in.
live rocks, various meaty food, hiding
Very intense, uses a lot of energy
Metal halides were the go-to lighting fixtures in reef-keeping. They are very bright but give off a lot of heat and require a big ballast to start up. I've had over 15 reef tanks that used MH bulbs. Some aquarists with really deep reef tanks use them but most hobbyists go with modern LED reef lighting. You have to replace them every year because the light quality (spectrum) declines over time. Reef LED fixtures provide enough intensity and the right color spectrum for stony corals. LED lighting uses a fraction of the energy and runs much cooler..
From James 618 days ago