Dragon Wrasse (Novaculichthys taeniourus) Care
The Dragon Wrasse, Novaculichthys taeniourus, is also known as the Rockmover Wrasse. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific regions. Juvenile and adults look totally different. Juveniles have a greenish-brown body with white blotches and long extended dorsal fin spines. Adults have a brown and white patterned body with a pale face and thin black lines that radiate from around the eyes.
Dragon Wrasses can reach up to 12″ and require an aquarium of at least 180 gallons with plenty of live rock, a deep fine sand bed of 4 to 6 inches, and a tight fitting lid. The aquarium should contain large quantities of live rock/rubble to search for prey such as small crustaceans, tiny snails, copepods, and zooplankton. These fish are semi-aggressive and will eat or attack fish smaller than themselves. They will do best in a fish-only tank.
They are not considered reef safe.
Dragon Wrasses are carnivores and will eat most regular fortified aquarium food such as finely chopped frozen or fresh meaty foods. You can feed them brine, mysis, squid, shrimp, clam and flake and pellet foods two to three times a day.
When buying one be sure to have some live foods available to feed them when they arrive. We recommend black worms or adult fortified brine shrimp, because they may be very difficult to get feeding in the beginning.