Firefish Goby - Pacific - Limit 1 Super Special

Nemateleotris magnifica

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Firefish Goby - Pacific - Limit 1 Super Special

Firefish Goby - Pacific - Limit 1 Super Special

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.

The Dazzling Firefish Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) in Saltwater Marine Aquariums

The Firefish Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) is a dazzling and popular addition to saltwater marine aquariums. With its vibrant colors and captivating behavior, this goby species can add beauty and activity to any reef environment. Let's explore the Firefish Goby's habitat, reef-safe nature, size, lifespan, diet, aquaculture potential, compatibility, suitable tank mates, tank requirements, other common names, and compatible tank mates.


The Firefish Goby is native to the warm waters of the Indo-Pacific region, including the Red Sea and the western Pacific Ocean. They inhabit coral reefs in the wild, seeking shelter in crevices or burrows.

Reef Safe

The Firefish Goby is reef safe, making it a suitable addition to coral-rich environments. While they do not harm corals or other invertebrates, providing ample hiding spots is crucial to protect them from larger predatory fish.

Size and Lifespan

Firefish Gobies typically grow to be 3 to 3.5 inches (7.5 to 9 cm) in length. With proper care in a well-maintained aquarium, they can live for several years.


Firefish Gobies are omnivores, feeding on small crustaceans, zooplankton, and tiny marine worms in the wild. In captivity, they readily accept a variety of prepared marine foods, such as frozen or live brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and high-quality pellet or flake foods.


The Firefish Goby is readily available in the aquarium trade, and the availability of captive-bred specimens is increasing. Successful aquaculture efforts have contributed to making this species more sustainable and accessible to hobbyists.


Firefish Gobies are generally peaceful and can coexist harmoniously with various tank mates, as long as they are not aggressive or predatory.

Ideal Tank Mates

  • Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto): Peaceful royal grammas can complement Firefish Gobies, adding color and diversity to the tank.
  • Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni): These visually striking and peaceful fish are compatible tank mates, creating an eye-catching display.
  • Dartfish (e.g., Ptereleotris spp.): Peaceful dartfish can share the tank with Firefish Gobies, showcasing their unique swimming patterns.
  • Fairy Wrasses (Cirrhilabrus spp.): Peaceful and colorful fairy wrasses can contribute visual appeal and a sense of movement to the aquarium.
  • Anthias (e.g., Pseudanthias spp.): Peaceful anthias species can thrive alongside Firefish Gobies, especially in larger aquariums with ample swimming space.

Tank Requirements

To provide a suitable habitat for Firefish Gobies, set up a well-established aquarium with plenty of live rock for hiding spots. A sandy substrate is ideal for them to create burrows and feel secure. They thrive in aquariums with stable water conditions and moderate to high water flow.

Other Common Names

Apart from being called "Firefish Goby" or "Nemateleotris magnifica," this species is also known as the "Magnificent Firefish" or "Fire Dartfish."

Enhance Your Aquarium with Firefish Gobies

The Firefish Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) is a captivating and dynamic addition to saltwater marine aquariums. Its vibrant colors and engaging behavior make it a popular choice among marine enthusiasts. By providing them with an appropriate environment and compatible tank mates, aquarists can enjoy the charm and beauty of these remarkable gobies. With proper care and attention, the Firefish Goby can thrive and become a focal point of admiration in any saltwater marine aquarium.

Different looking little fella but looks great in the aquarium with the clowns.

Reviewed by: Caren Christian on Feb. 26, 2024


Reviewed by: Daniel Solis on Feb. 25, 2024

Healthy and fun to watch.

Reviewed by: William Chester on Feb. 25, 2024


Reviewed by: Bridget Keating on Feb. 21, 2024

I now have 3 of these in my tanks. They are such a kind fish and don't bother any other fish and for the most part, other fish don't bother them unless it's another territorial goby. But they just move out of the way and usually stay towards the middle of the tank.

Reviewed by: Dale Pichelmayer on Feb. 19, 2024

Great deal, cool looking fish.

Reviewed by: Keith Blair on Feb. 19, 2024

Perfect addition to our reef tank

Reviewed by: Happy Valentines Day Aguirre on Feb. 14, 2024

I’m now sitting at 3 firefish gobies. They are very kind fish and stick to themselves. If you don’t already have one, make sure you get one especially at these unbeatable sale prices.

Reviewed by: Dale Pichelmayer on Feb. 14, 2024

Reviewed by: Michael Checkley on Feb. 14, 2024

Doing well

Reviewed by: Daniel Todd on Feb. 14, 2024

Reviewed by: Peter Moran on Feb. 9, 2024

Beautiful and healthy

Reviewed by: Joshua Aust on Feb. 8, 2024

These fish were nice and healthy when I first got them. Healthy when I first got home. They add nice color to the tank when they are out

Reviewed by: Tim Fuest on Feb. 6, 2024

Doing great!

Reviewed by: Kim Smith on Feb. 6, 2024

Love them! the pack is perfect. very vibrant.

Reviewed by: Jackie Mattina on Feb. 1, 2024

Reviewed by: James Hill on Jan. 31, 2024

Reviewed by: Chris Mcadams on Jan. 31, 2024

Reviewed by: Ishaan Patel on Jan. 30, 2024

Look great

Reviewed by: Mike Perdue on Jan. 30, 2024

Reviewed by: William Kornemann on Jan. 30, 2024

My second and plan to order more

Reviewed by: Alvin Barbes on Jan. 30, 2024

Arrived health and alive. Both of them are still doing well. They are very colorful and interesting fish to watch.

Reviewed by: Meghan Devine on Jan. 24, 2024

Happy healthy

Reviewed by: Mike Perdue on Jan. 17, 2024

Eating great and both make a beautiful addition to the tank.

Reviewed by: Andrew Hayes on Jan. 8, 2024

Reviewed by: Keith Loepker on Jan. 2, 2024

Reviewed by: David Goodwin on Jan. 1, 2024

Great size healthy

Reviewed by: Mike Perdue on Dec. 30, 2023

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Reviewed by: Tim Bunk on Dec. 25, 2023

Just awesome!

Reviewed by: Dale Pichelmayer on Dec. 24, 2023

Doing great

Reviewed by: Mike Perdue on Dec. 24, 2023

Reviewed by: Barbara Macey on Dec. 18, 2023

Reviewed by: Lynn Adams on Dec. 13, 2023

These took nearly a week to feel comfortable in the open, but are now doing well.

Reviewed by: Monte Puymon on Dec. 11, 2023

Healthy beautiful fish.

Reviewed by: Derek Meadows on Dec. 10, 2023

Reviewed by: Chris Anderson on Dec. 8, 2023

Great color and size

Reviewed by: Anthony Little on Dec. 7, 2023

Reviewed by: William Nesselrotte on Dec. 5, 2023

Reviewed by: Sheila Haettich on Dec. 4, 2023

Reviewed by: Jerry Albright on Dec. 4, 2023

Real nice. Fish

Reviewed by: Alvin Barbes on Dec. 4, 2023

Firefish were healthy and beautiful colors!

Reviewed by: Denise Nelson on Dec. 3, 2023

Beautiful color nice and bright

Reviewed by: Kim Smith on Dec. 3, 2023

Very beautiful and active. Acclimated great. Students love seeing their darting movements.

Reviewed by: Andrew Hayes on Dec. 3, 2023

Super healthy. Most eager to eat.

Reviewed by: John Atella on Nov. 27, 2023

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Reviewed by: Marty Costello on Nov. 15, 2023

Good to see healthy fish

Reviewed by: Alvin Barbes on Nov. 12, 2023


Reviewed by: Michael Taub on Nov. 7, 2023

Healthy! Fit right in with the other filefish.

Reviewed by: Sherri Meyer on Oct. 30, 2023

Reviewed by: Brad Fritza on Oct. 28, 2023

Well he jumped out of my tank thru a small hole in my top the second day I had him . I did Neil know he was a jumper .

Reviewed by: David Schneider on Oct. 24, 2023

Reviewed by: Steve Flaviani on Oct. 23, 2023

Reviewed by: Carlos Barajas on Oct. 22, 2023

Reviewed by: Rik Miller on Oct. 22, 2023

For a freebie, this little guy is great! Not going to be a permanent resident most likely, but could grow on me

Reviewed by: Devin Hayek on Oct. 22, 2023

Reviewed by: Bill Navarrette on Oct. 22, 2023

Gentle to watch and entertain.

Reviewed by: Alvin Barbes on Oct. 9, 2023

So far doing well in qt

Reviewed by: Jim Sharpe on Oct. 8, 2023

Reviewed by: Andrew Kersting on Oct. 3, 2023

Reviewed by: Richard Walker on Sept. 27, 2023

Reviewed by: Matt Reese on Sept. 24, 2023

Reviewed by: Susan Alexandre on July 24, 2023

A real character, fun to watch.

Reviewed by: Edward Rasmussen on July 18, 2023

Reviewed by: Lauren Frank on July 13, 2023

Nice fish

Reviewed by: Alvin Barbes on June 27, 2023

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