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Exquisite Firefish (Nemateleotris exquisita)
Exquisite Firefish
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
Exquisite Firefish (Nemateleotris exquisita)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 3"
Origin Maldives
Family Gobiidae
Minimum Tank Size 20 gallons
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Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 3"
Origin Maldives
Family Gobiidae
Minimum Tank Size 20 gallons
Compatibility View Chart
What do these Quick Stats mean? Click here for more information

Overview

Did you know that this specimen ships from our LiveAquaria® Wisconsin Facility, home of our popular Diver's Den® WYSIWYG Store and our LiveAquaria® Certified Captive Grown Corals (CCGC)? What that means is that you can rest assured knowing this specimen received the highest level of care from our experienced and professional LiveAquaria® staff!

PLUS, hobbyists that use our LiveAquaria® Professional Reef Salt have the added benefit knowing marine species shipped from our LiveAquaria® Wisconsin Facility share the same water parameters. In other words, if you use our Professional Reef Salt, marine species shipped from our Wisconsin Facility will acclimate and transition to your home aquarium with less stress to set the foundation for longer term success.

The Exquisite Firefish, is the Western Indian Ocean relative of the more common and similar looking Purple Firefish (Nemateleotris decora) but is brighter yellow than the Western Pacific Purple Firefish. The Exquisite Firefish is also known to inhabit deeper water and grow slightly larger than the Western Pacific Purple Firefish. Other distinguishing characteristics of the Exquisite Firefish include being a bit more slender, having a shorter face and first dorsal fin.

It requires a 20 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of loose coral rubble as part of the aquascape, and a tight-fitting lid to prevent it from jumping out of the tank. It will rarely become aggressive towards other fish, but is territorial, and will fight with its own kind unless they are a mated pair.

The Exquisite Firefish will feed mostly on prey suspended in the water column, but will pick food off the substrate. Its varied diet should consist of enriched mysis shrimp, enriched brine shrimp, chopped or shaved seafood, and frozen food preparations for carnivores. The vibrant coloring may fade under intense illumination and if the diet is not fortified with vitamin supplements.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-3/4" to 2-3/4"

Customer Testimonials

Kathy Zurkle Russells Point , OH
Very pretty fish! Glad I chose one, I almost didn't. Exactly as pictured but prettier.
Heather Z San Jose , CA
Beautiful fish. Looks like it has lipstick on. Very shy and primarily stays in its cave and darts out for food. Never far from the cave though.
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