Dragon Wrasse!!!

wanabebell

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Ive always ALWAYS wanted a dragon wrasse.
But my Local LFS only gets them when I already have a large agressive wrasse (surely to annoy me)
any how in my show tank I have a 8.5-9 inch Lunar Wrasse.
so sure enough my LFS got a 2.5-3 inch dragon.

My question is how long could I keep a dragon wrasse in a 29 gallon.....Please do not to roast or flame me....I am asking because i am concerned not because i want to start WW3

I know that I would have to keep the wrasse in there until the dragon wrasse was at least 4.5 inches long.
Because I have a Jewelled moray and a green wolf eel in the show tank So I do not want to have a dragon wrasse end up as a snack.

How long is a REASONABLE time table to be able to keep the dragon in a 29 gallon?
 

iamwrasseman

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i have one that has been in a 20 gal tall tank for at least four years with no problem that i can see ,he is now 4" long and morphing .i havent asked him personaly if he like it but he seems ok with the three square meals a day ! lol i think he will be fine IMO
 

lionfissh

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I've always liked those also but i hear they can do some damage since they tend to knock over rocks and move pretty much everything in the tank. Is this true?
 

karaim

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I don't mean to hijack the thread, but why are these considered so hard to keep?

Also, I am not sure if I would keep one in a 29 gallon for too long. Until it reaches 4.5 inches might take a year or so. Probably much longer than I would keep it in a 29.
 

lionfissh

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i also would like to know of any experience with these fish... i didnt think they are particularly hard to keep
 

prime99

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I have a 2 inch dragon wrasse now and previously had a larger one. They are not hard to keep if you have a sand bed because they bury themselves at night. They also need a high protein diet, because they are very active.

I don't think they would last long in a 29 because both of mine doubled in size in less than a year.
 

lionfissh

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do they move rocks around and stuff? I dont want it to tumble a boulder through my tank and flood my house... any other tips keeping one? What else do you keep with it?
 

prime99

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Yes they do move small rocks with their mouth and they stir up the sand with their tails. If the fish was really big, I guess it could move enough sand from under a rock to move it, but I never had anything like that happen before.

I currently have a spanish hogfish, red coris wrasse, and koran angel with mine.
 

LisaD

That's not a salmon
Team RC
I think dragon wrasses are really cool fish, but as juveniles and adults.

I have frequently used smaller tanks to "grow up" a fish for a tank with larger tankmates. I think you could probably put it in the big tank before it was 4.5". you'll get a feel for when the 29 is too small and when it will be big enough to fend for itself in the larger tank.

have you seen this article?

http://www.wetwebmedia.com/rockmover.htm
 

lionfissh

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are they really aggressive? could i keep it with a dwarf angel or clowns or something like that or do they need really aggressive tank mates.
 

LisaD

That's not a salmon
Team RC
I think you could keep one with tough clowns (not ocellaris) or feisty angels. Keep in mind that they are active and get a foot long.
 

wanabebell

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from what I have read. They are very easy to raise if you get a small one..Big ones are hard to get to eat. I hear they can get to be terrors once they start getting big. But I have never personnally owned one
 

karaim

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As a juvenile, won't other aggressive fish, such as trigger and puffer bight at the dragon's long fins? Kind of like with a lionfish.
 

wanabebell

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they might try....Youtube a video of a juvi dragon wrasse..they act like a floating leaf....I think it would be il-advised to add a small dragon with triggers and puffers....thats why i think im gonna end up putting the dragon in the 29 so that it can grow up then be put in the show tank with the "monsters"
 
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