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sinadyan 06-04-2008 09:09 PM

Dragon fish
LFS has what they call a Dragon fish. It has a snake like body with a large mouth. It is about 12 inches long and the expert says it will grow to 20 inches or so. The lfs says it will be fine in a freshwater community tank. Does anyone have any info on this fish? Thank you

Flashygrrl 06-04-2008 09:15 PM

Does anyone have a tank big enough to house it? :)

Anyways....they're also known as Violet Gobies. They have really bad vision so you have to target feed them, it's also what keeps them from eating the other fish. Apparently they're pretty peaceful anyways.

Lupin 06-04-2008 09:17 PM

That fish sounds suspiciously a Polypterus endlicheri endlicheri or Polypterus endlicheri congicus.

herefishy 06-04-2008 10:35 PM

Violet goby?

Flashygrrl 06-05-2008 05:19 AM

This is about the best website I can find on it:

Fits the OP's description too.

bf2king 06-05-2008 10:13 AM

Its probably a dragon goby (im pretty sure violet and dragon are one in the same) their throats are alot smaller then their mouth and they have a habit of geting gravel stuck in their throat when they eat off of gravel. They need a 55 gallon minimal if i remember corectly and are best on sand though i have never kept one myself.

Is This It?

okiemavis 06-05-2008 05:50 PM

I've seen "dragon fish" for sale in many LFS in the states and they have always been Gobioides broussonetti (violet goby, dragon goby, etc). While they are extremely non-aggressive, they should be kept in brackish water, which rules them out of most community tanks.

blueblue48 06-05-2008 09:16 PM

yeppers, i saw the same thing labelled as a "dragon goby" and it said they needed brakish also.

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