Firefish-FOTM Sep. '09

Discussion in 'Fish of the Month' started by missionsix, Sep 26, 2009.

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  1. missionsix

    missionsix Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Actinopterygii
    Order: Perciforms
    Family: Ptereleotridae
    Genus: Nemateleotris
    Species: Nemateleotris Magnifica
    Common names: Firefish, dartfish, orange firefish, magnificent dartfish,
    Reef Safe: Absolutely. A great, peaceful, addition to the reef setting.
    Max. fish size: 3"
    Min tank size: 10 gallons

    Attitude: This is a peaceful fish that needs to be kept amongst other peaceful tank mates. May squabble with other firefish in the tank.
    Diet: Meaty foods. (copepods, zooplankton)
    Origin: Indo-pacific, Central Pacific, Indian Ocean
    Care: Be sure to have a sand substrate. This fish will burrow into the sand to call it a night and as an escape from predation. If no sand substrate available, provide plenty of hiding spaces.
    Compatibility: These fish should be kept singly, unless, they are paired, or, provided with plenty of room. I don't have any experience keeping more than one at a time though. One of those things that I have always assumed.8) Another reminder to measure twice, cut once.........(Thanks Annick)
    Personal observations: This is a timid fish that needs to be kept with other mellow fish. I lost my last firefish to a jumping accident. I possibly blame a yellow tang for being too boisterous and scaring it into jumping. I really like the striking colors and the "flicking" of the dorsal fin. I plan on adding a pair (hopefully) to my nano soon.

    A little rusty with this species. It's been a while since I've kept one. Please share your experiences and pictures.
     
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  3. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    nice article Missionsix

    I kept a trio of these fish many years ago, they stayed together , not very active swimmers, just held their station. all facing same direction on the edge of the reef structure - a bit like they where the tanks sentries , thats how I would describe their character

    periodically one or another would dart off to investigate or eat something and then come back and resume position on guard duty

    Steve

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    missionsix Super Moderator Staff Member

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    How big of a tank were they in Steve? Were they bought together, or, separately?
     
  5. PackLeader

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    I have almost an opposite experience with mine. Mine is very active and personable. And NOT shy, as it loves chasing the chromis around. I have had mine 7-8 months open top without even a hint of a jumping incident. Eats everything from brine to mysis to nori.

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  6. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It was a 5ft x 18 x 15 inch tank
    and yes I got all 3 at the same time, and there where no territorial issues between the 3 of them and they exhibited a Tetra like instinct to re group if for an example anyone approached the tank

    Steve