Can you feel the heat from this fish?! In this post we'll be talking about our fantastic Firefish and their care.
These stunning little marine fish are so named due to their bright orange/red colouration on their body towards their tail. This bright flash of colour resembles a little flickering flame, hence the name 'Firefish'. They also possess a long dorsal fin which acts as a stabilisation tool to hold them in their caves within the rockwork of an aquarium when they want to hide (very similar to how Triggerfish use theirs).
The gorgeous Firefish, also known as Fire Gobies, will show a typical goby-like behaviour when looking for a place to hide. Most of the time they like to find themselves a small cave under rockwork when they can bob in and out of as they please. They are a peaceful fish so are highly unlikely to exhibit any kind of aggression towards other fish in the tank. In nature, these fish would be found in larger groups whilst they are young, but as they grow they branch off in their own monogamous pairs.
If you are looking to house these fish within your aquarium at home, we would recommend placing a lid or jump-guard on the tank as these fish do have the potential to jump. We would also recommend being very cautious when acclimating them as they can get slightly nervous when entering a new environment and can look for an opportunity to escape.
As these fish would much rather feed on plankton than corals, they make great additions to most suitable reef aquariums with other peaceful species. For daily feeding, Firefish will accept a wide range of foods including frozen or live Brineshrimp, Mysis, and Copepods. They will also be happy to eat a good quality flake food or small marine pellet foods as well. As they are typically active fish, we would recommend feeding your Firefish a few times a day to make sure they can recharge their batteries with energy from their food.
The fantastic Firefish are currently our marine Fish of the Month, meaning they are on special offer for our marine Rewards Customers throughout February. If you've been thinking of adding them to your aquarium, why not pop into your local store and make the most of this offer whilst stocks last?