Nemateleotris magnifica (Firefish)

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Nemateleotris magnifica (Firefish)

Post  thierry on Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:51 pm

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QUICK STATS
  • Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
  • 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"
  • Color Form: Orange, Red, White, Yellow
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Origin: Coral Sea, Indo-Pacific, Maldives
  • Family: Gobiidae
  • Insert Date: 30 September 2009


The Firefish is one of the more popular fish in the marine hobby. It is a magnificent fish with brilliant coloration, a unique body shape, and unparalleled personality. Also known as the Firefish Goby, Fire Goby, and Magnificent or Fire Dartfish, Nemateleotris magnifica has a yellow head, white anterior, and pinkish to orange-red posterior. The dorsal, anal, and caudal fins are highlighted in black. In addition to its striking coloration, the Firefish Goby is also heralded as a sweet-tempered fish with lots of personality. And, because of its small size, the Firefish Goby makes a great addition to the smaller reef system.
In the wild, the Firefish Goby is usually found in groups hovering over the reef, harvesting planktonic food that drifts by in the current. The docile, Firefish Goby is timid and in the wild, each will have a "bolt-hole" into which it quickly ducks when threatened. In the home aquarium, the Firefish Goby needs multiple safety zones amongst rocky crags or outcroppings into 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.

To best recreate their wild habitat, the Firefish Goby requires a 10-gallon or larger system with moderate lighting conditions and a moderate current passing over the live rock "reef." Keep in mind that a stressed Firefish Goby will try to jump out of your aquarium. As such, house the Firefish Goby in aquarium systems with a lid. Hobbyists who use a halide system with an open top should construct a Plexiglas "edge" around the trim, at least 10" tall.

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

Links:
http://www.aqua-fish.net/saltwater/?orange-firefish
http://www.reeflex.net/tiere/136_Nemateleotris_magnifica.htm
http://hubpages.com/hub/Firefish-Goby


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September 30

Post  thierry on Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:52 pm

First introduction to the tank Smile
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December 14

Post  thierry on Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:20 pm

Added 4 new corals to the tank.

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Januari 13

Post  thierry on Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:07 pm



Also made a movie of the firefish.
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New pictures

Post  thierry on Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:38 pm

The firefish is doing fine, not much exciting going on with him. After the last cleaning session I decided to take some pictures and a movie of him.


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Hermit Crab Added

Post  thierry on Thu Feb 11, 2010 3:15 pm

Tuesday we got a Hermit Crab, and even though the firefish isn't very curious, he did check it out from a distance Smile


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Cleaning February 14

Post  thierry on Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:33 pm

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Re: Nemateleotris magnifica (Firefish)

Post  thierry on Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:44 am

Still doing well
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The road to rebuilding Pt 1

Post  thierry on Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:27 pm

The firefish still does as he always did, hiding a lot. Just like yesterday, so I couldn’t get a picture of him. But he still looks fine.
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The road to rebuilding Pt2

Post  thierry on Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:14 pm

The firefish will still have enough hiding spaces, just hope he shows more often. He did yesterday for a picture luckily Smile
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Found some information on Hubpages

Post  thierry on Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:01 pm

Found a nice article on Hubpages
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Rebuilding Day 1

Post  thierry on Fri May 14, 2010 10:56 am

Gave me a hard time to catch him, this fish is really quick. It moves in waves, one moment it's here, the other it's somewhere else. And he can jump high above the water as well!
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Rebuilding Day 4, the aftermath

Post  thierry on Mon May 17, 2010 3:26 pm

Well his short stay in the other aquarium didn't bother him much, so it seems. He is alread swimming around enjoying the new surroundings
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The days after, Part 1

Post  thierry on Tue May 18, 2010 10:36 am

The Firefish is back to his normal routine, nothing changed in his way of living. Sometimes you see him, other times you don’t.
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June 2 2010

Post  thierry on Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:28 pm

The firefish is doing fine, nothing to report.
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Added new Urchin, Hermit Crab and Mushrooms

Post  thierry on Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:13 pm

Nothing to report on the firefish
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New Sand Sifting Sea Star

Post  thierry on Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:50 pm

No news on the Firefish
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Movie

Post  thierry on Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:59 am

A while ago I recorded some movies, I just took the parts out from each animal separate.
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Died :(

Post  thierry on Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:40 am

After two weeks not showing itself except for one short time during cleaning last weekend we found him dead in the cavern next to the Red Mushroom. Cause of dead is unknown, but might be because he didn't show up last few weeks and therefor didn't eat.
He was a nice addition to the aquarium, we shall really miss him. I already made this wallpaper with the picture I made of him, and I will make a movie soon also.
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