Nemateleotris decora - Purple Firefish Goby

Family - Gobiidae

Order - Perciformes

Length - Up to 3 inches

Recognition - Maroon and purple tail with white frontal body

Habitat - Tropical saltwater in shallow reefs

Behavior - Carnivore

Residency - Maldives

Life Span - Up to 10 years in captivity

Of Special Note - The purple firefish goby is one of the most striking members of the goby family. Its dorsal fin stands vertically, giving it a unique appearance. This species requires a tank with at least 10 gallons of water and plenty of rockwork to provide it with hiding places. This species is very similar to the standard firefish goby, differing primarily in coloration.

This species is known to jump out of tanks and you should ensure that the tank is covered properly to prevent such a scenario. This fish can attack members of the same species, but is generally docile towards other fish and can be kept as a mated pair of the same species. It can be fed algae, plankton, and mysid shrimp.

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