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Emperor Tetra
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Emperor Tetra (Nematobrycon palmeri)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Purple, Silver
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-77° F, KH 4-8, pH 6.0-8.0
Max. Size 1½"
Origin South America
Family Characidae
Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
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The Emperor Tetra is a peaceful fish that can be housed in any community aquarium. Its fins are translucent and the tail has a unique look that will intrigue the beginner to the expert aquarist. Originally from South America, the Emperor Tetra makes a great addition to the community aquarium.

The Emperor Tetra can be in a housed with soft water fish to brackish water fish. Plants, rocks, and driftwood help to enhance its natural habitat and provide hiding places.

The Emperor Tetra will breed occasionally in an aquarium setting and a hospital or "breeding tank" will be necessary. Slightly acidic water is best for optimal breeding habits. After spawning, remove the parents to prevent them from eating their offspring.

The Emperor Tetra will accept many small foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, micro pellet food, and a high quality flake food.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1-1/4"

Customer Testimonials

Bria F Westfield , NJ

A very beautiful fish for a community. Like many tetras, they are best kept in a group. They like plants, water current, and space to swim. Add them to a tank after stabilization: they are not a good initial fish! They are active and peaceful...and even school with White Clouds and tetras such as the Blood Fin.
Massino V
I have 5 in a community tank, and they don't school as much as my neons and rummy noses, but that makes them a little unique. They lake to weave around through the big plants in the background. The males tend to get worked up, and chase around each other, the females and occasionally the other tetras. Males are a little larger and more colorful. I like mine. They have an attitude, making them special amongst tetras. I would buy them again.
Ally Schlagel Silver Lake , MN
I have 11 of these in a 40 gallon planted tank and I love them. They are very hardy for a tetra species, but I still wouldn't put them in a newly set-up aquarium. The picture on here doesn't do these fish justice. I definitely recommend them.
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