Firefish Goby
Nemateleotris magnifica

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2 - 5

Minimum Tank Size



Orange, Red, White, Yellow



Water Conditions

72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025


General: The firefish goby makes a good addition to the saltwater community aquarium. In the wild, it originates from the Indo-Pacific region among reefs, whereas groups will establish a hierarchy and individually claim burrows as territories. In the home aquarium it is recommended to keep the tank covered at all times, as firefish gobies are prone to jumping. They will claim a territory in the aquarium to retreat to when frightened.

Dimorphism: It is very difficult to distinguish the male firefish goby from the female.

Fecundity: Breeding of the firefish goby has not been reported in the home aquarium although in the wild these gobies will spawn in burrows and form monogamous pairs.

Water Chemistry: Firefish gobies prefer a water temperature that is in the range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, a dKH of 8-12, a more basic pH of 8.1-8.4, and a salinity that ranges from 1.020-1.025.

Aquarium Diet: The firefish goby's diet should consist of foods rich in protein such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and other crustaceans. They will also feed on phytoplankton and zooplankton in the aquarium.

Compatibility: Firefish gobies do well with other peaceful reef fish but are aggressive to their own species.

Firefish Goby Videos

Author: Grant Stevens