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Firetail Goby

Firetail Goby

  • Water Type: Marine
  • Tank Size: Min. 40L once fully grown
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Your Guide to Buying and Adding a Firetail Goby to Your Tank

The Firetail Goby, known scientifically as Nemateleotris magnifica, is an eye-catching, small marine fish. Its brilliant tail and darting movements make it a favourite for many aquarists, especially those with nano and smaller tanks.

Choosing the Right Firetail Goby

When looking to purchase a Firetail Goby:

  • Seek out specimens that are active and exhibit vibrant coloration.
  • Look for any signs of disease or stress, such as torn fins or cloudy eyes, and avoid those individuals.

Physical Appearance

Characteristics of the Firetail Goby include:

  • A slender body with a size of around 3 inches when fully grown.
  • Predominantly white or pale-coloured body with a bright red to orange tail, giving it its common name.
  • An elongated dorsal fin that it often displays.

Compatibility with Other Fish

When considering tankmates:

  • Firetail Gobies are generally peaceful and can coexist with many other peaceful species.
  • However, they might be territorial with their own kind, so consider keeping them singly or ensure ample space if housing more than one.

Reef Safe

For those with coral setups:

  • Firetail Gobies are considered reef safe.
  • They typically do not harm corals or other invertebrates.

Suitable Tank Size

Given their small size:

  • A tank size of 40 litres or more is suitable, though larger spaces provide more stable environments.

Water Conditions

To ensure the well-being of a Firetail Goby:

  • Temperature: 22-25.5°C
  • pH levels: 8.1-8.4.
  • Specific gravity: 1.020-1.025.

Preparing Your Tank

For the best environment:

  • Provide a sandy substrate, as they often like to sift through it.
  • Offer plenty of hiding spots with live rock formations.

Monitoring Behaviour

What to watch for:

  • Observe their characteristic darting movements.
  • Ensure they are actively exploring the tank and not hiding persistently, which could indicate stress.

Feeding Schedule

When it comes to nourishment:

  • They are omnivorous and prefer a varied diet.
  • Offer high-quality marine flakes, brine shrimp, and occasionally, finely chopped marine meats.
  • Feed once or twice daily, ensuring they get adequate food without overfeeding.

The Firetail Goby is a delightful and relatively easy-to-care-for fish that can be a radiant addition to a marine aquarium. Its spectacular tail coloration and playful behaviour can provide endless entertainment and beauty to any tank setup.