The Purple Firefish has a colourful body base is varied degrees of yellow to white, and deep shades of purple which begin at the head and ends with maroon-tipped fins. They require an aquarium with plenty of loose coral rubble as part of the aquascape, and a tight-fitting mesh lid to prevent it from jumping out of the tank.
They will rarely become aggressive towards other fish, but is territorial, and will fight with its own kind unless they are a mated pair. The Purple Firefish will feed mostly on prey suspended in the water column, but will pick food off the substrate.
Its varied diet should consist of chopped or shaved seafood, frozen food preparations for carnivores, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp. The vibrant colouring will fade if not fed a vitamin-enriched diet.
This species is similar to the Exquisite Firefish, however this species is less yellow in colour.