The Firefish is one of the most popular marine fish in the industry at the moment and almost every hobbyist has kept one at some point. It has a marvellous colouration and a unique personality that is always seen as an attractive fish to house. In the wild, the Firefish is usually found in groups hovering over the reef, harvesting planktonic food that drifts by in the current. And, because of its small size, the Firefish makes a great addition to the smaller reef system.

Firefish require a 40 litre or larger system with moderate lighting conditions and a moderate current passing over the live rock "reef." Keep in mind that a stressed Firefish will potentially try to jump out of your aquarium. As such, house the Firefish in aquarium systems with a lid.

Many hobbyists suggest that Firefish that are kept in the home aquarium should have multiple safety zones amongst rock crevices 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.

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

Minimum Tank Size40 Litres
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 3"
Colour Form: Orange, Red, White, Yellow
Diet: Carnivore
Family: Gobiidae
Origin: Africa, Coral Sea, Indonesia, Maldives

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. I bought a Firefish Goby in February and since then he has done very well. He is fed spirulina daily and brine shrimp three times a week. He has added a lot of character to the tank and is always out looking around acting as a lookout. It would be a good addition to any tank.

  2. Probably the best deal for wild coloration, price, and a unique body shape in any saltwater. It is probably also the most docile saltwater fish too. They swim medium to high up in the tank, but need their hiding space when startled. They are jumpers so don’t have a large opening on your tank lid.

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