Purple Firefish

Purple Firefish

Purple Firefish are 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 Purple 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 Purple Firefish makes a great addition to the smaller reef system.

Purple 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 Purple Firefish will potentially try to jump out of your aquarium. As such, house the Purple Firefish in aquarium systems with a lid.

Many hobbyists suggest that Purple 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 Purple 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 orderd a Purple Firefish (Maldives) about a year ago and it’s my favorite fish in the tank. He’s absolutely gorgeous. Instead of being mostly white on the anterior portion, it’s a beautiful light yellow. The color combination is something else!

  2. Photos don’t do justice to the colors of this fish. And unlike some fish, it’s colors seem to improve on a captive diet. My pair is always in the open for our enjoyment..

  3. I’ve had my firefish awhile now and he is a hardy, hungry fish. He had beautiful colors when I got him and has only grown and flourished. If startled he will dart in his hole and they can really dart, but other than that he swims around a lot and is a good display fish.

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