Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: No
Max. Size: Up to 12"
Dragon Wrasse Adult (Novaculichthys taeniourus)
The Dragon Wrasse, otherwise known as the Rockmover Wrasse, changes colors with maturation.
As juveniles, they are a burgundy red with white patterned markings running across the length of their bodies. Their dorsal and anal spines are patterned with a burgundy green colored designed. Once they have matured the Dragon Wrasse adopts a green color and are adorned with a more intricate design. Their dorsal and anal spines are shorter and stick out rather than lay flat.
It is best to house the Dragon Wrasse in a 180 gallon tank or larger with a tight-fitted lid and a sandy substrate for hiding, burrowing, and sleeping. This type of fish can be aggressive, so it should be housed with other large and aggressive fish that will be able to keep their own. These fish are not reef compatible and will eat shrimp, crustaceans, worms, snails, and other invertebrates. They are also known for rearranging corals and rocks to find food in aquariums.
The diet of the Dragon Wrasse should include: meaty foods such as brine shrimp and mysis shrimp, marine algae, marine pellets, and marine flakes.