Firefish Goby
 

The Fire Goby, Fire Fish, Fire Dartfish, or Red Fire Goby is a marine dartfish.

This fish is most commonly found near the substrate of the upper reef in tropical marine waters. These waters include the Indo-Pacific, Central Pacific, east African waters, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, New Caledonia, and Pitcairn Islands. They swim as deep below the surface as 70 meters, and usually hover directly above the ocean floor, facing the current to catch their prey. They eat mostly copepods, zooplankton, and crustacean larvae.

They usually have a bright yellow head, merging into a white body, gradually shading into a red-orange tail. Their dorsal fins are very long, and the fish flicks it back and forth. This is used as a signal to conspecifics. As a full grown adult, it reaches a maximum length of 9 centimeters (3 in). Adults occupy sandy burrows alone or in pairs, while the juveniles live in small groups. These fish are monogamous. They will retreat to burrows if threatened.

These fish are often kept in the aquarium. This fish is extremely easily frightened, so ample hiding places, a lack of other boisterous species, and a well-fitting hood to prevent this fish's escape are recommended. The fish should be kept alone or in pairs to reduce fighting. This fish may need live food when first introduced, but can be adapted to frozen foods.

Source: wikipedia

This species is found in the Indo-West Pacific, from Mauritius to Samoa, north to Ryukyu Islands, and south to New Caledonia, from 25–70 metres ( ft) in depth. It is found over hard, open bottoms of reefs and sandy patches, as well as deeper coastal outer reef drop-offs. It reaches a maximum length of 9 centimetres (3 in). This species is often found in pairs and is monogamous. These fish feed on zooplankton, especially copepods and crustacean larvae. They will dart into holes when alarmed.

This fish is popular in reef aquariums and is resistant to disease. These fish are relatively docile and will not attack tankmates where kept in a suitably sized aquarium; however, if kept in confined quarters these fish may squabble over territory. Firefish are commonly kept in nano reef aquariums.

Firefish are prolific leapers. Thus, an aquarist contemplating the acquisition of either of these species should be certain that the aquarium hood will not easily allow the firefish to leap from the tank and expire. These fish should also be provided with rockwork to hide in.

This and other species of firefish are occasionally spawned in captivity.

kla
kla updated Firefish Goby
2013-01-26 12:00:59 -0500
The **Fire Goby**, **Fire Fish**, **Fire Dartfish**, or **Red Fire Goby** is a marine _dartfish_. This fish is most commonly found near the substrate of the upper reef in tropical marine waters. These waters include the Indo-Pacific, Central Pacific, east African waters, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, New Caledonia, and Pitcairn Islands. They swim as deep below the surface as 70 meters, and usually hover directly above the ocean floor, facing the current to catch their prey. They eat mostly copepods, zooplankton, and crustacean larvae. They usually have a bright yellow head, merging into a white body, gradually shading into a red-orange tail. Their dorsal fins are very long, and the fish flicks it back and forth. This is used as a signal to conspecifics. As a full grown adult, it reaches a maximum length of 9 centimeters (3 in). Adults occupy sandy burrows alone or in pairs, while the juveniles live in small groups. These fish are monogamous. They will retreat to burrows if threatened. These fish are often kept in the aquarium. This fish is extremely easily frightened, so ample hiding places, a lack of other boisterous species, and a well-fitting hood to prevent this fish's escape are recommended.
bubble
bubble updated Firefish Goby
2013-01-23 20:51:06 -0500
The **Fire Goby**, **Fire Fish**, **Fire Dartfish**, or **Red Fire Goby** is a marine _dartfish_. This fish is most commonly found near the substrate of the upper reef in tropical marine waters. These waters include the Indo-Pacific, Central Pacific, east African waters, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, New Caledonia, and Pitcairn Islands. They swim as deep below the surface as 70 meters, and usually hover directly above the ocean floor, facing the current to catch their prey. They eat mostly copepods, zooplankton, and crustacean larvae. They usually have a bright yellow head, merging into a white body, gradually shading into a red-orange tail. Their dorsal fins are very long, and the fish flicks it back and forth. This is used as a signal to conspecifics. As a full grown adult, it reaches a maximum length of 9 centimeters (3 in). Adults occupy sandy burrows alone or in pairs, while the juveniles live in small groups. These fish are monogamous. They will retreat to burrows if threatened. These fish are often kept in the aquarium. This fish is extremely easily frightened, so ample hiding places, a lack of other boisterous species, and a well-fitting hood to prevent this fish's escape are recommended.
clay
clay updated Firefish Goby
2012-04-13 22:07:31 -0400
The **Fire Goby**, **Fire Fish**, **Fire Dartfish**, or **Red Fire Goby** is a marine _dartfish_. This fish is most commonly found near the substrate of the upper reef in tropical marine waters. These waters include the Indo-Pacific, Central Pacific, east African waters, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, New Caledonia, and Pitcairn Islands. They swim as deep below the surface as 70 meters, and usually hover directly above the ocean floor, facing the current to catch their prey. They eat mostly copepods, zooplankton, and crustacean larvae. They usually have a bright yellow head, merging into a white body, gradually shading into a red-orange tail. Their dorsal fins are very long, and the fish flicks it back and forth. This is used as a signal to conspecifics. As a full grown adult, it reaches a maximum length of 9 centimeters (3 in). Adults occupy sandy burrows alone or in pairs, while the juveniles live in small groups. These fish are monogamous. They will retreat to burrows if threatened. These fish are often kept in the aquarium. This fish is extremely easily frightened, so ample hiding places, a lack of other boisterous species, and a well-fitting hood to prevent this fish's escape are recommended.
kla
kla updated Firefish Goby
2012-03-26 02:34:41 -0400
The **Fire Goby**, **Fire Fish**, **Fire Dartfish**, or **Red Fire Goby** is a marine _dartfish_. This fish is most commonly found near the substrate of the upper reef in tropical marine waters. These waters include the Indo-Pacific, Central Pacific, east African waters, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, New Caledonia, and Pitcairn Islands. They swim as deep below the surface as 70 meters, and usually hover directly above the ocean floor, facing the current to catch their prey. They eat mostly copepods, zooplankton, and crustacean larvae. They usually have a bright yellow head, merging into a white body, gradually shading into a red-orange tail. Their dorsal fins are very long, and the fish flicks it back and forth. This is used as a signal to conspecifics. As a full grown adult, it reaches a maximum length of 9 centimeters (3 in). Adults occupy sandy burrows alone or in pairs, while the juveniles live in small groups. These fish are monogamous. They will retreat to burrows if threatened. These fish are often kept in the aquarium. This fish is extremely easily frightened, so ample hiding places, a lack of other boisterous species, and a well-fitting hood to prevent this fish's escape are recommended.

Fish Specs

Scientific Name
Family
Gobiidae
Environment
Salt
Min Tank Size
10 gallons
Max Size
3.0 in.
Chemistry
8.1 - 8.4 pH
Temperature
72 - 78 °F
Temperament
Peaceful
Diet
Carnivore
Difficulty
Easy
Origin
Coral Sea, Indonesia, Maldives
Reef Safe
Yes

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