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Red Striped Hawkfish? ID      4/11/12
<Hello Steve>
 I just bought a fish that was sold to me as a Red Striped Hawkfish and was wondering if it goes by any other name?
<A very generic name and in the case of Hawkfish in general, would describe a number of them visually>
 I can't find any info on it and was wondering if it should stay in the fish only tank or if I could put it in my 180 gal reef tank.  My concern would be for my Cleaner Shrimp, Chromis, snails, and crabs.  It would definitely be a nice colorful addition to the reef tank...has a ton of personality also.  Just need your opinion!
<They are great fish but depending on the species, can be an issue with shrimp in the tank.  Please look at this link,
http://wetwebmedia.com/hawkfish.htm , see if you can visually identify it, and then perhaps you can have better luck researching it>
Thanks, Steve
<Your welcome, Bobby>

Re: Hawkfish ID Hi again, I will try again to send a few pics - Thanks << The starfish is too difficult to identify.  Someone else may be of help, but I really can't be sure.  The hawkfish is also difficult.  My first guess is Paracirrhites forsteri.  You may want to search for that, or check FishBase.org and see what you can find there for pictures.  I hope this link works http://filaman.uni-kiel.de/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?genusname=Paracirrhites&speciesname=forsteri  Best of luck, Adam B.  >>  

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