Jump to content
seabass

Dartfish

Recommended Posts

seabass
Posted (edited)

Dartfish (Firefish, Tilefish)

Fire_dartfish_(Nemateleotris_magnifica)_(43372442502).jpg

Dartfish (including Firefish and Tilefish) are called Dartfish because of their darting swimming motions.  Firefish are easily bullied, but make an excellent addition to a peaceful fish community, while Tilefish (of two subfamilies: Latilinae, sometimes called the Branchiosteginae, and Malacanthinae) are known for having a short lifespan in captivity.  They require a sandy substrate, plenty of live rock for shelter, and a well fitted top (as they are known jumpers).

 

Dartfish feed on prey suspended in the water column, but will also pick food off of the substrate.  Its varied diet should include finely chopped or shaved seafood (including krill, shrimp, squid, clams, and mussels), as well as frozen food preparations for carnivores and mysis shrimp.  It's a good idea to occasionally supplement with some type of herbivore preparation.

 

Firefish, Helfrichi (Nemateleotris helfrichi)

Max Size: 2.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Marshall Islands

Family: Gobiidae

Nemateleotris_helfrichi_by_NPS.jpg

 

Exquisite Firefish (Nemateleotris exquisita)

Max Size: 3"

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Maldives

Family: Gobiidae

 

Firefish (Nemateleotris magnifica)

Max Size: 3"

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Africa, Coral Sea, Maldives, Philippines

Family: Gobiidae

Fire_dartfish_(Nemateleotris_magnifica)_(43372442502).jpg

 

Purple Firefish (Nemateleotris decora)

Max Size: 3.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Indonesia

Family: Gobiidae

Nemateleotris_decora.jpg

 

Blue Gudgeon Dartfish (Ptereleotris heteroptera)

Max Size: 5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Fiji, Indonesia

Family: Microdesmidae

Species Notes: A three inch mixed grain sand bed with loose coral rubble is recommended for burrowing.  Also, a small group may do better than a single individual, but must be introduced all at the same time.  Should be fed three times a day.

Blacktail_goby_Ptereleotris_heteroptera_(Bleeker,_1855).jpg

 

Green Silk Gudgeon Dartfish (Ptereleotris microlepis)

Max Size: 5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Maldives

Family: Microdesmidae

Species Notes: A three inch mixed grain sand bed with loose coral rubble is recommended for burrowing.  Also, a small group may do better than a single individual, but must be introduced all at the same time.  Should be fed three times a day.

Pearly_dartfish_(Ptereleotris_microlepis)_(48652150617).jpg

 

Scissortail Dartfish (Ptereleotris evides)

Max Size: 5.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Africa, Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives, Vanuatu

Family: Microdesmidae

Species Notes: A three inch mixed grain sand bed with loose coral rubble is recommended for burrowing.  Also, a small group may do better than a single individual, but must be introduced all at the same time.  Should be fed three times a day.

PtereleotrisEvidesRLS.jpg

 

Zebra Barred Dartfish/Tilefish (Ptereleotris zebra)

Max Size: 5.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives

Family: Microdesmidae

Species Notes: A three inch mixed grain sand bed with loose coral rubble is recommended for burrowing.  Also, a small group may do better than a single individual, but must be introduced all at the same time.  Should be fed three times a day.

Ptereleotris_zebra.jpg

 

Photos by image.png.764b7df6a2818ad7ca0b4ddd2d888742.png

 

Saltwater Fish Index

 

Edited by seabass

Share this post


Link to post
Snow_Phoenix
10 hours ago, seabass said:

Dartfish (Firefish, Tilefish)

Fire_dartfish_(Nemateleotris_magnifica)_(43372442502).jpg

Dartfish (including Firefish and Tilefish) are called Dartfish because of their darting swimming motions.  Firefish are easily bullied, but make an excellent addition to a peaceful fish community, while Tilefish (of two subfamilies: Latilinae, sometimes called the Branchiosteginae, and Malacanthinae) are known for having a short lifespan in captivity.  They require a sandy substrate, plenty of live rock for shelter, and a well fitted top (as they are known jumpers).

 

Dartfish feed on prey suspended in the water column, but will also pick food off of the substrate.  Its varied diet should include finely chopped or shaved seafood (including krill, shrimp, squid, clams, and mussels), as well as frozen food preparations for carnivores and mysis shrimp.  It's a good idea to occasionally supplement with some type of herbivore preparation.

 

Firefish, Helfrichi (Nemateleotris helfrichi)

Max Size: 2.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Marshall Islands

Family: Gobiidae

Nemateleotris_helfrichi_by_NPS.jpg

 

Exquisite Firefish (Nemateleotris exquisita)

Max Size: 3"

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Maldives

Family: Gobiidae

 

Firefish (Nemateleotris magnifica)

Max Size: 3"

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Africa, Coral Sea, Maldives, Philippines

Family: Gobiidae

Fire_dartfish_(Nemateleotris_magnifica)_(43372442502).jpg

 

Purple Firefish (Nemateleotris decora)

Max Size: 3.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Indonesia

Family: Gobiidae

Nemateleotris_decora.jpg

 

Zebra Barred Dartfish/Tilefish (Ptereleotris zebra)

Max Size: 4"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives

Family: Microdesmidae

Species Notes: A three inch mixed grain sand bed with loose coral rubble is recommended for burrowing.  Also, a small group may do better than a single individual, but must be introduced all at the same time.  Should be fed three times a day.

Ptereleotris_zebra.jpg

 

Blue Gudgeon Dartfish (Ptereleotris heteroptera)

Max Size: 5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Fiji, Indonesia

Family: Microdesmidae

Species Notes: A three inch mixed grain sand bed with loose coral rubble is recommended for burrowing.  Also, a small group may do better than a single individual, but must be introduced all at the same time.  Should be fed three times a day.

Blacktail_goby_Ptereleotris_heteroptera_(Bleeker,_1855).jpg

 

Green Silk Gudgeon Dartfish (Ptereleotris microlepis)

Max Size: 5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Maldives

Family: Microdesmidae

Species Notes: A three inch mixed grain sand bed with loose coral rubble is recommended for burrowing.  Also, a small group may do better than a single individual, but must be introduced all at the same time.  Should be fed three times a day.

Pearly_dartfish_(Ptereleotris_microlepis)_(48652150617).jpg

 

Scissortail Dartfish (Ptereleotris evides)

Max Size: 5.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Africa, Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives, Vanuatu

Family: Microdesmidae

Species Notes: A three inch mixed grain sand bed with loose coral rubble is recommended for burrowing.  Also, a small group may do better than a single individual, but must be introduced all at the same time.  Should be fed three times a day.

PtereleotrisEvidesRLS.jpg

 

Photos by image.png.764b7df6a2818ad7ca0b4ddd2d888742.png

 

Saltwater Fish Index

 

Zebra barred dartfish can hit 6" in captivity. I have one and he's around ~6". 😊

 

20210723_091601.thumb.jpg.1a65ecc901a256b0c90f89b0f2f26fe9.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recommended Discussions

×
×
  • Create New...