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Firefish, Helfrichi

Greek Name: Nemateleotris helfrichi

$149.99

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The Helfrichi’s Firefish is also known as the Helfrich’s Dartfish, or Helfrich’s Firefish. The head is distinctly yellow with a purple forehead, and the body is varying shades of purple and white.

It requires a 20 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of loose coral rubble as part of the aquascape, and a tight-fitting lid to prevent it from jumping out of the tank. It will rarely become aggressive towards other fish, but is territorial, and will fight with its own kind unless they are a bonded pair.

These reef fishes will feed mostly on prey suspended in the water column, but will pick food off the substrate. Its diet should vary between chopped or shaved seafood, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3/4″ to 1-1/4″; Medium: 1-1/4″ to 2″; Large: 2″ to 2-1/2″

Category:

Care Level

Easy

Temperament

Peaceful

Color Form

Purple, Yellow

Diet

Carnivore

Reef Compatible

Yes

Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size

2½"

Origin

Marshall Islands

Family

Gobiidae

Minimum Tank

20 gallons

Description

Firefish, Helfrichi Info

The Hawaii Helfrichi Firefish, Nemateleotris Helfrichi is bright with a yellow face that fades to vibrant purple, before disappearing to a white pearl. These aquarium fishes are extremely hardy and serene and can be kept together with other peaceful fish in a tank that is reef-based. However, they may be territorial towards other blennies, dartfish, or gobies inside a smaller tank.

Gobies usually stay toward lower levels of the aquarium, where they can be found burrowing and digging in the sand. However, this species is also a well-known jumper, and a tightly fitting lid is recommended.

 

Firefish, Helfrichi Diet

Its diet should include a range of mysis frozen or live shrimp as well as vitamin-enriched brine shrimp at least 1-2 times per day.

 

Additional information

Size

Large, Medium, Small

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