Fish Guide

Purple Firefish   (Nemateleotris decora)
Family: Microdesmidae (Dartfishes, Wormfishes)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 82 to 230 ft.   Size: 3.5 in.   Jumps: Yes   Space: 24+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Zooplankton - copepod and crustacean larvae
Natural History: The Purple Firefish is found on rocky and sandy substrates at the bases of coral reefs, where it lives in burrows and retreats at the sign of danger. It is associated with strong water currents on the reef. This species is reported to be monogamous.
Husbandry: The Purple Firefish is peaceful and should only be housed with peaceful species. It may be territorial with other Purple Firefish. A male-female pair are an excellent introduction to a peaceful community aquarium with plenty of rock and hiding places, along with a deep sand base. This is an excellent nano-system species and a good jumper. A good aquarium covering is required to house this species.

AKA: Decorated Firefish, Purple Dartfish, Elegant Firefish

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