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Firefish Goby

Firefish Goby

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Nemateleotris magnifica

Due to variations within
species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate
size range may also vary between individual specimen.

Care Level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Color Form: Orange, Red, White, Yellow

Diet: Carnivore

Reef Compatible: Yes

Water Conditions: 72-78? F, dKH 8-12, pH
8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025

Max. Size: 3"

Origin: Africa, Coral Sea, Maldives,

Family: Gobiidae

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons


The Firefish is one of the more popular fish in the
marine hobby. It is a magnificent fish with brilliant coloration, a unique body
shape, and unparalleled personality. Also known as the Firefish Goby, Fire
Goby, and Magnificent or Fire Dartfish, Nemateleotris magnifica has a yellow
head, white anterior, and pinkish to orange-red posterior. The dorsal, anal,
and caudal fins are highlighted in black. In addition to its striking
coloration, the Firefish Goby is also heralded as a sweet-tempered fish with
lots of personality. And, because of its small size, the Firefish Goby makes a
great addition to the smaller reef system.

In the wild, the Firefish Goby is usually found in groups
hovering over the reef, harvesting planktonic food that drifts by in the
current. The docile, Firefish Goby is timid and in the wild, each will have a
"bolt-hole" into which it quickly ducks when threatened. In the home
aquarium, the Firefish Goby needs multiple safety zones amongst rocky crags or
outcroppings into which it can dart if stressed. This member of the Gobiidae
family is generally not aggressive towards other fish except those of its own
species. However, a mated pair can live peacefully together.


To best recreate their wild habitat, the Firefish Goby
requires a 20-gallon or larger system with moderate lighting conditions and a
moderate current passing over the live rock "reef." Keep in mind that
a stressed Firefish Goby will try to jump out of your aquarium. As such, house
the Firefish Goby in aquarium systems with a lid.


Along with algae and zooplankton growing in the aquarium,
the diet of the Firefish Goby should consist of vitamin-enriched brine fish
(live or frozen), mysis shrimp, and prepared marine foods.