3 firefish compatible

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  1. Mariners

    Mariners Well-Known Member

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    hi everyone,
    Wanted to get opinions or experience w firefish. Currently have a occellaris clown and purple firefish in main tank, had a red one also till he jumped when i went on a trip and fishsitter forgot to put lid back on.

    My main tank is a jbj 28 g w a custom lid stocked w blastos and zoas w alot of live rock. Friends always noted where are the fish as the main attraction were the corals of course.

    So my wife and i “rescued” 2 red firefish from petco thus ive had them qt for a month already (buying from petco is another discussion but better w me than them). Anyway, with the prolonged qt period, ive had 2nd thoughts of adding both to the main as the general searches have shown firefish dont get along and 1 will eventually triumph unless they are a mated pair (to be bad u cant figure their gender).

    Has anyone had success keeping 3 or more firefish (purple and 2reds) in a nano tank? If not, then ill resign to donate both reds to a good lfs and look for another reefsafe nano candidate. Although the selection of fish is limited in my area or the wife doesnt find them cute.
     

  2. Salty1962

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    No because they almost always fight. Either single or bonded pairs only.
     
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    Bonded pairs can lose their cool and go psycho from what I've read.

    Now the guy from reefbuilders has 5-6 in one tank.. I think this type of fish is best kept like African Cichlids, where typically you want more than just a few, as it diffuses the aggression.

    So 2-3 may be big trouble down the road -- But who knows, maybe 7-8 would be a cool little colony of them. I honestly would be very happy with a tank that had about 15-16 of these little guys. It would be great to see.
     
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    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Expert Contributor Partner Member Partner Member 2018

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    They are intolerant of other firefish, unless they are a bonded pr. Even in overstocked groups, they whittle themselves down.
     
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    Thx for the input everyone, ima donate both fish to lfs, maybe they will give me a 2 for 1 trade of another nano reef safe fish. Too bad, they are so cute but so vicious to each other. Will one red and 1purple get along? Maybe i could try 1 red and see if he/she bonds w my purple. My purple got along my a red before but its probably cause they were in qt together and intro to main tank at same time. Anyway just answered myself, donate both
     
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    mdbannister Ahh...the Reef Life Staff Member Team R2R R2R Excellence Award SCMAS Member Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I think even the different colored ones will still fight (maybe bc of the same body type?). I'd just stick with one.
     
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    Yeah they will eventually fight, and the purple is stronger so it's pretty one sided.
     
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