Animal Stories - Miscellaneous Saltwater Fish


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Tony - 2004-01-15
Hello, I have an 2inch long old wife and it sometimes eats plankton. It is not taking flakes, but I hope it will soon.

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Callum - 2007-12-06
Old wife are found along the east coast right up to southern Queensland. They are supposed to be really common but i haven't seen one yet. p.s. i thought they grow to 25cm, that's what it says in my Australian sea fishes book.

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Brian - 2007-10-18
I have a purple firefish that is so funny to watch! It spends a lot of time swimming in the powerhead current trying to catch particles of food that float by, or "bickering" with my yellowtail blue damsel. Nothing serious, just fun and games!

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  • Anonymous - 2012-04-11
    If you have more than one in a 15G or less they may fight. And they don't stop until there is a victor.
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Robert - 2007-03-22
He is very fast and cool. He unfortunately died while he was with many other fish :(

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  • Anonymous - 2012-04-11
    Sad:(. Make sure to keep the others from death.
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Jeff Bridge - 2008-11-15
I have 2 firefish. I haven't seen one of them now for about 5 days, and the other one dissappeared today. Does anyone know how long these guys can survive if they burrow into the sand or into a hole in a rock? I'm a bit nervous because they are my favorite fish, and i hate it when fish die.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-03-08
    Mine just reappeared after an entire month without seeing it. I even took all of the rock out of the tank and rinsed it off, assuming it had died. What a crazy fish
  • Paul - 2010-06-26
    Well , they are prone to jump out of the tank if it is not covered, check behind your tank.
  • Jessica - 2011-05-05
    Hi. I have an engineer goby who I haven't seen since I brought in (dug itself under a rock). I was also stressing it was dead. But yesterday I saw it not once but twice. If you have live rock and feed the tank in the early morning usually that's when it eats. But I am talking about dawn. I have been feeding the tank more brine shrimp and that's when I saw him so maybe try that. Otherwise you just have to hope they are still in there. Also, one more note these fish may get more confident with other fish in the tank I.E I put two fire gobies and a bi colored blenny in my tank and he seems to be a little more confident to come out. Do not put him into an aggressive tank unless your prepared to add serveal more fish with him because he will get beaten up. Found that out the hard way.
  • Ken - 2012-02-09
    I have a common cleaner wrass that hates my fire fish with a passion. One day they were fighting and actually ended up in my water over-outbox. I had the thing packed with bio balls to keep any fish (ie dimond goby) from getting into my sump. I have no clue how they got through all of them. It just goes to show that they A) Do dig through anything they can...to include bioballs and that B) they do jump.
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Sarah - 2010-09-11
I have just bought a purple firefish to go in my nano tank and he is so weird. When I am sitting next to the tank he just hovers in the same place and stares at me constantly! If I go out of the room, he darts under the rock but when I am there he stalks me. Has anyone else had this experience with their firefish or is it just me? Lol.

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  • Jessica - 2011-05-05
    Not sure about "stalking" but they definately are more confident when I am around. And when I talk to them (yes I talk to my fish) they nibble at each other. It's soo cute!
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camille - 2006-10-29
I have a pair of gobies who are now breeding. Like most dartfish the females are duller in color and the males colors are more intense especially when breeding, and they have longer doral and ventral fins.

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  • Jessica - 2011-05-05
    I just bought two of these fish and they have been nibbling each other and so forth. I have just started noticing a small bump on one of the fish and am now thinking it is pregnant. Do you have any insight? What do I feed the new ones? How long before she lays eggs?
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'Ric - 2007-08-15
Don't forget about the deeper-water Helfrichi Firefish; even rarer and much more expensive.

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  • tweetyboo05 - 2010-04-29
    Do you know what firefishes enemy is?
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ThE cAt - 2006-08-05
I saw these at HMNS as an ad for an IMAX and decided that if I get a marine tank these guys come first!

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Petar - 2005-03-03
Just like to add that these fish are not limited to South Australia. I have been snorkeling on the NSW coast and frequently encounter an old wife. The other posters statement is true, they are very timid and every time i see them while snorkeling they seem to hide/hang around weedbeds

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