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- Purple Firefish
- Purple Fire Goby
Long slender fish which have light purple around their lips, a light yellow/cream coloured body with purple markings on their face and towards their tailfin, along with dark red and purple coloured fins. Also has an elongated first dorsal spine that "jumps" up and down.
Reports of growth up to 10cm in the wild, however species in the aquarium are more commonly 6-7cm long.
Anything that lives in symbiosis, parasitic or opportunistically with it.
A timid fish which can be scared quite easily if there is no cover for them to hide in. They are gregarious, and normally do best when kept severally or in pairs, however like with all fish, there may be some initial aggression to determine the hierarchy. These fish are also jumpers, so precautions should be taken to secure openings at the top of the aquarium.
It is recommended that the tank should be a minimum of 38L in size due the fish needing plenty of places to hide and swim. Unsiutable tankmates are a bigger problem in smaller tanks.
Most also like some sort of current, though one that is moderate in strength, flowing through their aquariums.
The purple firefish goby feeds on zooplankton, but will readily accept dry and frozen foods.
How quickly it will grow under various conditions.
Things that adversely effect it, such as bacterial infections, parasites etc.
Addition things / items that are important for care in captivity.
Cirolanid isopod attached to gill.
A timid fish which is regarded as a suitable community fish
Safe with corals.
Safe with invertebrates.
Egg-layer that will lay a whitish egg mass approx 2 mm in diameter. Spawning frequency ranges from 8 - 28 days. Incubation period is 7 - 10 days at water temperatures of 24.5-27 C. Specific gravity 1.021 - 1.022. pH 8.2 - 8.4.
Indo-Pacific Ocean ranging from Philippines to Australia, Fiji to Ryoku islands and in Maldives and Sri Lanka.
Where it is found on the natural reefs, the reef zone.
Some additional notes on it that don't fit in the above sections.
- Fishes Suitable for the Invertebrate Aquarium: Genus Nemateleotris by J. Charles Delbeek - Atoll
- Nemateleotris decora - FishBase
- Parasitic isopods in Purple Firefish (Nematoleatris decora)