Purple Firefish (Nemateleotris decora) Care
The Purple Firefish, Nemateleotris decora, is also known as the Elegant Firefish. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. The body is a yellow color that gets darker as it approaches the tail. The face is yellow with a bold violet-purple band that run across the top of the body and on the fins and tail. The fins are brightly striped in red and purple. These fish are notorious jumpers and should be kept in a tank with a lid.
These fish are very popular in home aquariums because they are beautiful, peaceful, hardy and reef safe.
Firefish fish are carnivores and require a diet rich in both meaty foods, such as mysis and brine shrimp and finely chopped seafood.
The Purple Firefish can grow to be about 3″ and can be housed in aquariums as small as 10 gallons with live rock and plenty of room for swimming. They should be kept singly or as a bonded pair.
These fish are hardy, easy to care for, peaceful, and reef safe.
Approximate Purchase Size
Tiny: up to 3/4”
Small: 3/4” to 1”
Small-Medium: 1” to 1-1/2”
Medium: 1-1/2” to 2”
Medium-Large: 2” to 2-1/2”
Large: 2-1/2” to 3”
Extra Large: 3” to 3-1/2”