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These speedy little fish are fast but you’ll easily spot them with their red tails and unique body shape,

Our firefish are members of the the very colourful dartfish family. The name “dartfish” comes from this fish’s habit of darting quickly back into hiding whenever it feels threatened or frightened. It spends its days flitting around the aquarium, then suddenly diving into cover. It is an inhabitant of reefs where it can be found at depths from 20 to 230 feet. It is usually found just above the bottom, facing into the current, where it awaits its prey of small invertebrates.

The firefish goby is native to the Indian and Pacific oceans from the eastern coast of Africa to the Hawaiian Islands and from the Austral Islands north to the Ryukyu Islands. In the wild, this fish can be found in groups hovering above the reef, close to its numerous hiding places

The first dorsal fin is greatly elongated and may be as long as the fish itself. This elongated dorsal fin is used to signal other firefish as well as used a “locking device”. This locking device allows the firefish to lock itself into a crevice using its dorsal fin to prevent a predator from pulling it out.


Fish: Monogamous reef fish

What do they eat?

Plankton and Crustaceans


Max 9cm

Water Type

Salt Water

Where are we?

Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean

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