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Dragon Wrasse
Novaculichthys taeniourus
 
 
 
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Tank Stats
Size: 2-3.5 inches
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore, krill, shrimp,mysid.
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Not recommended
Invertebrate Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
  
  

The Dragon Wrasse is commonly known as Rockmover Wrasse, Striped Wrasse, Clown Wrasse, Reindeer Wrasse, or Red Belly Wrasse. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. The Dragon Wrasse grows up to 12 inches and it resembles a dragon due to presence of their ?horns?. The Dragon Wrasse is suitable for more advanced beginners and intermediate marine aquarium keepers. Adult wrasses have a different coloration and shape compared to the juvenile fish. Like most of the wrasses, the Dragon Wrasse is shy at first after being introduced to a new tank. It requires a thick sand bed to bury inside and to sleep as well. As an adult, the Dragon Wrasse is aggressive whereas the juveniles are quite docile. It is best to keep it singly or in pairs and in a tank not less than 30 gallons, but a larger tank if you wish to keep more than one. The Dragon Wrasse also requires lot of hiding places in caves, under overhangs, and a brightly lit aquarium. The Dragon Wrasse should never be kept in a reef aquarium but is suitable for ?fish only? aquarium. Since it is a carnivore, it eats different types of invertebrates such as crustaceans, snails, sea and brittle star. You should feed the Dragon Wrasse 3-4 times a day for its continued good health.

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