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Purple Firefish Goby

 
Purple Firefish (Nemateleotris decora) body base is colorful and has a varied degrees of yellow to white, and deep shades of purple which begin at the head and end with maroon-tipped fins.Other than coloration, the...


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shy but colorful fish

Comments very easy fish to care for. Perfect for small tanks,they are very shy took mine about an week to come out of hiding. Not agressive at, but all will be bullied if you have agressive tank mates. Hardly grows very slow grower. good fish except other gobies might attack it or other way around. You can feed it flake, pelet, or frozen but frozen will help the fish keep its color


Liked about it Does very well in a reef tank extremly colorfull fish,can be kept in small tanks with many types of fish.active fish once it becomes a custom to the new tank.Also not very expensive but you should probaly keep them in pairs because mine are a pair are they enjore each others presents


Didn't like very shy hides for about an week,can jump so be carefull,becarfull not to tap the glass or run by because you might spook the fish.mine dart it there cave they picked out


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4.3
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4.0
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4.5

By turtlesoup23
Oct 10, 2010
 
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nice colors and a peaceful fish

Comments Firefish make great additions to smaller tanks, or even large tanks with peaceful fish. The purple firefish, while a bit more expensive than the more common firefish, will do well in a tank over about 20 gallons, and it's nice to be able to keep multiples in the same tank. These fish may have a tendency to shoal if kept in numbers over 3 in larger systems, and that is definitely a unique aspect of this fish (few fish will do this in captivity). I've kept a number of these when I had smaller systems, and they fared will in almost all kinds of conditions.


Liked about it These fish do well in reef tanks, and they are very peaceful even to their own kind. They stay small and make good additions to otherwise peaceful systems. The color of this fish is a bit unique, as well; there are few fish with the purple and red coloration that this fish presents.


Didn't like While not terribly expensive, the purple firefish is more expensive than it's more common cousin. They are also very skittish, and will often dart away from larger or more aggressive tank mates. Due to this, it's best to keep this fish in a tank with a tight cover. You'll be amazed at how small of a space this fish needs to escape the tank. A good fitting window screen with netting as small as 1/4" openings would be the minimum I would use to keep this fish in the tank.


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4.5
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5.0
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4.0

By crvz
May 28, 2010
 
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A very fun fish!

Comments Very Friendly, not aggressive or territorial at at. Although they are not know to be a schooling fish they do look great keeping 3-5 of them in the same tank. Great colors and a very unique dorsal. When threatened they will raise their dorsal straight up in defense. They are very fast fish and known to be jumpers. Personally I have lost a few from jumping. Still none the less a great addition to any tank especially a nano.


Liked about it This is a very colorful fish with a bright red body with some iridescent white. They have a unique dorsal that when threatened they will raise to look much more aggressive. They are very reef save and will kinds school up if you add more than one. It's is fun to watch them dart around the tank.


Didn't like They are jumper and if you do not have a lid or something to keep them in eventually you will loose them.


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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

By ckusnierek
May 19, 2010
 
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Kids Love It

Comments For some reason, my kids love this fish a little more than all the others. I don't know why... It's a very boring fish. It rarely swims anywhere. It gives a quick "spasm-of-a-movement" from time to time; almost like it just had a brief epileptic attack. Oh, and if you get in real close, you'll see that the little guy is constantly grumpy. :) He's got great coloring and all, but I grow pretty bored with watching him, all other fish in my tank considered.


Liked about it 1) Coloring is vibrant, 2) always has a fat belly


Didn't like 1) Kind of boring as in it never really does anything or swims anywhere... it just kind-of hangs out in one spot all the time, 2) Jumper!


Overall rating:
 
2.5
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3.0
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2.0

By flipside
Feb 11, 2010
 
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Very shy

Comments Easy to care. Very shy. Will have to get another one since spent most of the time hiding. Currently is being bullying by one of clown fish (paired) when comes near his host leather. Due to the stress developed some white spots on the skin a few months ago. No other fish in the tank has it yet.


Liked about it Colorful, never bother anyone, eats anything


Didn't like Very shy, easily scared, hides a lot. May be better if there is more then one


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3.5
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3.5
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3.5

By chevibur
Dec 22, 2012
 
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Shy tank mate

Comments I am a huge fan of fire fish! They are colorful, peaceful, and very hardy. They are jumpers so it is best to have a cover over your tank. They are very shy within the first week or tow of being in your tank. After that they are always out swimming peacefully. They are also great for nano tanks since they are so small.


Liked about it Colorful, hardy, paceful, great for nano tanks


Didn't like Can be shy, very good jumper


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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

By fishoutofwater25
Nov 14, 2010
 
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Colorful fish

General My Purple Fire fish was Great fish for my tank didn't cause issues with my Watchman goby or clowns and just ate and looked pretty


Liked about it Has great color
Will Eat almost anything
Will not pick at other fish (unless another fire fish)


Didn't like Liked to hide


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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

By zero186
Jul 09, 2009
 
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Very nice fish...

General My purple guy seems right at home. He is very social and seems to get along well with my other fish. I feed 3 types of frozen foods for variety.


Liked about it Colors are so cool.


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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

By reefer.madness
Jul 05, 2009
 
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Awsome fish

General I love these fish but they do hide a lot. They come out when its feeding time though. :)


Liked about it beautiful colors!


Didn't like they hide a lot


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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

By winnker
Jun 11, 2009
 
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Colorful!

General These are awesome they are more expensive then the regular fire fish but they are worth it. They add so much color to the tank! Don't expect to get a lot of movement out of then though as they tend to pick a spot that they like and stay in the water column in that area. Nice fish and if I had the right tankmate would not hesitate to get another one.


Liked about it They add so much color to the tank and are peaceful toward other fish.


Didn't like They can be bullied very easy and will hide.


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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

By quick_murdoc
May 20, 2009
 
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