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Dragon Wrasse

Novaculichtys taeniourus

How to Care for Dragon Wrasse

written by Dave Burr

Behavior: The juvenile Dragon Wrasse is quite striking and may be kept in a predator reef aquarium or semi-aggressive community tank. Adults lose the large dorsal spines they had as juveniles and have a more even color tone. Adults will often knock over coral and rocks in reef tanks looking for food. Provide them with at least several inches of fine substrate to bury in while they rest.

The Dragon Wrasse will not eat living coral, however adults may often knock over coral as they search for food. They will eat a wide range of invertebrates and crustaceans, and will nip at clams. Adults may attack smaller reef fishes. Dragon Wrasses are best kept in a predator reef aquarium, or fish only tank, with other aggressive fishes such as triggers, puffers, large tangs, angels, and other aggressive wrasses.

Keep a lid on your aquarium because the Dragon Wrasse is likely to try to jump out.

Feeding: Offer the Dragon Wrasse a mixed diet of mysis shrimp and chopped meaty foods 4-6 times per week. Soaking all fish food with vitamins will help keep your fish healthier and make them less susceptible to disease. We recommend soaking food in garlic as well when adding new fish and whenever your notice ich or other disease in the aquarium. Garlic will help repel external parasites and will boost the fishes immunity.

Feeding Tips: Remember to feed slowly. Leftover food will cause nitrates and phosphates to rise. If you see food falling to the sand bed and into the rocks you should feed slower and give the fish a chance to eat before adding a little more. Using a turkey baster allows you to target food to different fish. For example you can feed the aggressive fish on one side of the tank and then squirt a little bit on the other side for the less aggressive fish. This way all the fish get a chance to eat enough.

Maximum Length: 12"
Care Level: Easy
Family: Labridae
Reef Compatibility: Not recommended
Minimum Aquarium Size: 120 gal.
Range: Fiji, Hawaii
Diet: Carnivore
Water Conditions: 75-80° F; sg 1.024-1.026 (1.025 is ideal); pH 8.1-8.4 Ca 420-440 ppm, Alk 8-9.5 dKH, Mg 1260-1350, Nitrates <10ppm, Phosphates, < .10ppm

Water Chemistry: Maintaining Ammonia at 0 ppm, Nitrites at 0 ppm, and Nitrates below 10ppm will help to keep your Dragon Wrasse happy and healthy. We recommend doing a water change soon after Nitrates rise above 10 ppm. Maintaining proper calcium (420-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9.5 dkh - run it 7-8 if you are carbon dosing), and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) will help to keep pH stable in the 8.1-8.4 range. We recommend a specific gravity of 1.024-1.026 with 1.025 being ideal for fish. Temperature should remain stable as well and should stay within a 2 degree range.