Animal Stories - Dragon Wrasse


Animal-World Information about: Dragon Wrasse

   The Dragon Wrasse, Rockmover Wrasse, or Red-belly Wrasse is a very interesting and beautiful fish in any aquarium. They get their name "rockmover" because they like to rearrange shells and stones!
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Suen Ze - 2006-01-01
I Love Dragon Fish. For me, this fish has a special character, besides as a rock mover, this fish knows time very well. I have 2. They only appear at 6 in the morning until 5 at evening. So it's useless for me to find them at night. I love this fish, they move the rocks and the sand keeps clean, by moving them

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melissa - 2009-05-13
Dragon Wrasse size, almost 12 inches. Its scientific name is Novaculichthys Taeniourus (Lacepede, 1801) but it may also be found listed as Hemipteronotus Taeniourus. Thought to be a different species because of its juvenile phase appearance, this fish when young was at one time described under the name Novaculichtys(Lay & Bennet, 1839). Other common names: juveniles - Reindeer Wrasse, Adults -Rockmover Wrasse, Rock Mover Wrasse. Juveniles are suitable for a comunity tank at first but as they grow they become very aggressive. Distributation: Extends from Hawaii southward to central Polynesia, westward through Micronesa and Melanesia, through the East Indies, and across the Indian Ocean to the coast of Africa. Diet and Feeding: They are carnivores that posses two prominent teeth in the front of each jaw that are used for feeding on its favorite prey-- small fish, all types of desirable crustaceans and motile invertebrates, which includes serpent and brittle starfishes, bad bristle as well as beneficial worms, shrimps, hermit crabs, crabs, and snails. Should be fed a diet of bite sized meatfoods like fresh or frozen seafoods, silversides, live or frozen brine and mysid shrimp, live grass or ghost shrimp, live black worms, and flake food.

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douglas hutchings - 2007-07-31
The dragon wrasse shows up here on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, M

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Carrie - 2006-03-20
Working in a fish store for a short time educated me that the young dragons ABSOLUTELY NEED TO BE FED SEVERAL times a day. I do not mean flake! Chopped......chopped small silversides or any other shrimp/fish is necessary because they do not like to try to rip large pieces apart when young. (at least not the prima donnas at the store!) They LOVE young baby mollies and live saltwater feeder shrimp! This is especially helpful if they are not eating chopped items; due to weakness from hunger or stress of the shipment; since it entices them to eat if they ignore frozen meat. (not newborn mollies, more like 1 or 2 months depending on the size of the dragon, so feeder guppies would work temporarily) Like a mandarin, look at the bottom of the fish behind the gills and that area should be full, not thin or concave. If it is, then start feeding! They will starve to death without enough food. Their metabolism is very fast. In the wild they constantly turn rocks looking for food, so like the anthias, the young really need many small feedings a day and will stop eating when full. Hope this helps!

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