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Fire Goby

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Nemateleotris magnifica

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Quick Stats

The Fire Goby 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. The Fire Goby 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 Fire 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 Fire Goby is usually found in groups hovering over the reef, harvesting planktonic food that drifts by in the current. The docile, Fire 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 Fire 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 75 litre or larger system with moderate lighting conditions and a moderate current passing over the live rock “reef.” Keep in mind that a stressed Fire Goby will try to jump out of your aquarium. As such, house the Fire Goby in aquarium systems with a lid.

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

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We have included a general guideline in our Quick Stats designating the level of care different fish species require. This is provided to give you an idea of the hardiness of the species, which you can then match to your level of experience.

 – EASY: 

Although not indestructible, the species in this category have proven to be not too demanding in the care that they require. Most of these species do not have special feeding requirements and can tolerate less than perfect water conditions.

 – MODERATE:

The species in this category demand a bit more attention than those that are considered “Easy” to care for. Some of these species may have special feeding, lighting, or water movement requirements and may require water conditions closer to those found in nature.

 – DIFFICULT:

Species that fall into this category demand a higher level of both attention and water quality. Many of these species have special feeding, water quality, movement and lighting requirements. They should only be added to a mature, well-established aquarium system as many reef aquariums do not become fully established for many months – sometimes up to a year. These “Difficult” species should be among the last additions to your collection.

The smallest aquarium that we recommend for housing these species of fish.  This takes into account its size at maturity, temperament, swimming habits, as well as food and water requirements. Many species in their juvenile state can be kept in a smaller aquarium, but we only recommend this as temporary holding or housing in a quarantine aquarium.

Displays the maximum size the individual species will reach in the home aquarium. Growth rates will vary depending on the size of the aquarium, the quantity and size of other tank mates, the diet that the fish is provided, water conditions and the amount of free-swimming room within the aquarium. We highly recommend using this maximum size when planning the inhabitants for your aquarium so you do not run into an overstocked aquarium in the future, which may lead to unwanted stress and aggression.

We have included a general guideline in our Quick Stats designating the compatibility of different fish species with other livestock in an aquarium. This is provided to give you an idea of what species can be housed with other fish, coral and invertebrate.

 – REEF SAFE:

Species within this category are considered 100% reef safe.  

 – CORAL ONLY:

Species within this category are considered safe with coral but may be prone to consuming or harassing invertebrates such as shrimp, crabs, snails, anemones or clams.

 – INVERTS ONLY:

Species within this category are considered safe with invertebrate but may be prone to consuming or harassing corals.

 – FISH ONLY:

Species within this category are considered safe with fish but may be prone to consuming or harassing corals and invertebrate.

– FISH & CORAL ONLY:

Species within this category are considered safe with fish and coral but may be prone to consuming or harassing invertebrate.

 – FISH & INVERTS ONLY:

Species within this category are considered safe with fish and invertebrate but may be prone to consuming or harassing corals.

 – CORAL & INVERT ONLY:

Species within this category are considered safe with coral and invertebrate but may be prone to consuming or harassing fish.

PLEASE NOTE:

These are only our recommendations and whilst a fish may be marked as unsafe for a particular group, depending on the individual fish, may be fine to co-exist with that group.

For example, a fish marked as “Fish & Coral Only”, may only consume particular invertebrate such as Shrimp or Snails or could also co-exist with them and you would experience no issues at all.

It is important to understand that this is a general guideline, and each aquarium is unique. It is always best to stock an aquarium with the smaller passive species first, and the larger more aggressive last. In addition, when incorporating fish of same genus or species, it is ideal to acclimate them to the aquarium simultaneously.

 – PEACEFUL:

Species within this category do not pose a real threat toward other fishes, and are very passive and sometimes reclusive in nature.

 – SEMI-AGGRESSIVE:

Species within this category are normally active fish, and may occasionally chase or show aggression towards one another or similar shaped tank mates.  When placing Semi-Aggressive species in your aquarium, be sure to introduce them after the smaller, more passive fish have been established.

 – AGGRESSIVE:

Species within this category are normally territorial and bold fish that should be housed with fish that are of the same demeanor. Aggressive fish should be the last fish introduced into the aquarium.

It is important to understand that this is a general guideline, and each aquarium is unique. It is always best to stock an aquarium with the smaller passive species first, and the larger more aggressive last. In addition, when incorporating fish of same genus or species, it is ideal to acclimate them to the aquarium simultaneously.

 – PEACEFUL:

Species within this category do not pose a real threat toward other fishes, and are very passive and sometimes reclusive in nature.

 – SEMI-AGGRESSIVE:

Species within this category are normally active fish, and may occasionally chase or show aggression towards one another or similar shaped tank mates.  When placing Semi-Aggressive species in your aquarium, be sure to introduce them after the smaller, more passive fish have been established.

 – AGGRESSIVE:

Species within this category are normally territorial and bold fish that should be housed with fish that are of the same demeanor. Aggressive fish should be the last fish introduced into the aquarium.

Represents the types of food that the individual species is inclined to eat in their natural environment. However, many species will accept different foods in the home aquarium. For example, Tangs are herbivorous in nature, feeding mostly on algae. However, they will readily accept meaty foods in the aquarium.  For proper nutrition and health, it is very important to offer a wide range of foods to all tank inhabitants.

 – HERBIVORE:

Species consumes algae or plant based foods.

 – CARNIVORE:

Species consumes meaty foods.

 – LIVE FOOD:

Species consumes live foods, such as; Copepods, Shrimp or small fish.

  – PREPARED FOODS:

Species consumes prepared foods such as; frozen Mysis Shrimp, Brine Shrimp, Pellets and Flake.

– OMNIVORE:

Species consumes a wide variety of foods, which may include; prepared foods, pellets, meaty or algae based foods.

PLEASE NOTE:

Just because a species is listed as eating a certain food group, does not mean it will not eat other food groups.  For example, a fish listed as Carnivore, can and will still eat Prepared Foods.

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