Firefish Goby

Firefish Goby

Nemateleotris magnifica


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Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Carnivore
Reef Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons
Max Size: 3 inches
The Firefish Goby, Nemateleotris magnifica, features a yellow head and a body that radiates from white to red and a characteristic elongated first ray on the forward dorsal fin. They are very peaceful and can be housed with other peaceful fish in a reef tank setting, but may become territorial towards gobies in smaller tanks.

Gobies tend to stay mainly towards the bottom of the tank, burrowing and sifting through the sand. However, this goby is also a known jumper, so a tight fitting lid is suggested. Diet should include a variety of frozen or live mysis shrimp and vitamin enriched brine shrimp 1-2 times daily.

Received a beautiful specimen from Saltwaterfish. Very health and active. Will look here again for future additions to my tank.


Reviewed by: George Rinehart on July 10, 2020

What can I say it's a pretty fish. It Likes to hide but I get a kick out of seeing it pop up and move around. A must have I would say.


Reviewed by: Goldenclaw on July 31, 2017

Beautiful firefish! was in hiding the first few days home but has been out ever since. great eater! all the fish I get from saltwater eat RIGHT AWAY!


Reviewed by: Marissa L on June 11, 2017

Was very shy at first and would hide in the rocks. In a week he has become much more social and is a beautiful addition to my nano.


Reviewed by: Debi Bush on April 6, 2017

Purchased two of these little cuties. I already had two that I purchased from Saltwaterfish two years ago. They all swim around together happy as can be.


Reviewed by: Lori Close on Nov. 29, 2016

Bought two of these and one of the purplish Firefish, lost one of these after about 2 days. When I say lost I mean vanished, it was the biggest but I can only see about 60% of either overflow. So there maybe hope, I did find a jaw fish in first section of my sump once. All is well otherwise, whole order was healthy on arrival.


Reviewed by: Jd on April 28, 2016

Shipped fast. Acclimated for 30 mins and fish is happy. very healthy and strong. i would suggest buying the biggest one even though it costs more. Totally worth it save time and money.


Reviewed by: Daniel Luu on Feb. 12, 2016

I ordered 2 which was a mistake for a 37gal cube. They started fighting after an hour in the tank. Next morning 1 was missing and the other showed no signs of damage. Both fish were healthy and beautiful.


Reviewed by: Michael Murphy on Feb. 5, 2016

A very pretty and friendly fish. He is much more visible in my tank than I thought he'd be, swimming around with his tank mates!


Reviewed by: Lisa on July 3, 2015

What resilient little fish! hes in my nano and is so happy. he eats well and swims in and out of the rocks. everyone enjoys watching him


Reviewed by: Laura Mabe on June 10, 2015

Firefish were very pretty and healthy looking. Ordered 4 but only have one left. This one is eating well.


Reviewed by: Susan on March 11, 2015

Lost one on arrival, I enjoy watching them Several time a day they venture out from the rock and feed.


Reviewed by: Audree Barrett on Dec. 26, 2014


Reviewed by: The Family Reef on Oct. 22, 2014

Currently Firefish Goby does not have any questions and answers.

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