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Fire Goby

Scientific Name: Nemateleotris Magnifica
Family: Gobiidae

About the Fire Goby

Species Type: Saltwater Fish
Category: Blennies, Jawfish, Gobies, and Sandperch

Care Level: Easy. Ships well and acclimates well to the home aquarium. Accepts dried foods eagerly and quickly after acclimation. Is resistant to disease. An overall good choice for the new saltwater hobbyist.
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Compatibility/Temperament: 3


The Fire Goby gets its name from its beautiful white body wich fades into a rich dark-red end. Like all Dartfish, it has an expanded dorsal fin, yellow with a blue-red hue. It must be housed with other passive fish. It must be kept single in at least a 25 gallon reef or fish-only tank unless housed in a very large tank or if paired. If housed together, one will dominate and chase and attack the others until its alone. Must be fed properly or its colors will fade. Keep in a closed tank, Firefish are prone to leaping out of open tanks.

Fire Goby Diet

Meaty foods including mysid shrimp, plankton, and live brine shrimp. Accepts frozen foods.


Minimum Tank Suggestion

20 gallons

Ideal water parameters for Fire Goby

Marine fish are highly sensitive animals with very specific care requirements. Most all saltwater species will require similar water conditions, designed to replicate that of natural seawater. Ammonia and nitrite levels should absolute zero, temperature at 76F to 80F, and salinity at 1.024 to 1.026. Although some fish are tolerant of lower levels of Nitrate, the goal in every aquariums should be to keep Nitrate as close to zero as possible, and certainly under 20ppm. Finally, maintaining a stable pH of 8.0 to 8.4 is desired. Achieving this is made easier by monitoring alkalinity, which should be kept at 8-12 DKH, and calcium, which is targeted at 400 to 460ppm.

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