Emperor Tetra (Nematobrycon Palmeri) Fish Species Profile
The Emperor Tetra has a genuinely majestic appearance, and an affable personality to match.
This species is peaceful, active and tranquil and rarely shows aggression, though the male will compete with other males. It can be kept with many different species but avoid putting it with more abundant species, or it may be seen as food. It will fare much better when in the company of its own kind though.
The original Emperor Tetras are royal blue and purple and vibrant yellow, which shifts back and forth and shimmers. They also display a stripe that blends out into purple or blue that lightens near the fins and tail, which are yellow.
The Emporer tetras come in 4 other varieties which include Rainbow, Blue, Black and Red.
|Scientific Name||Nematobrycon Palmeri|
|Other Names||Rainbow Emperor Tetra, Blue Emperor Tetra, Red Emperor Tetra, Black Emperor Tetra|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Maximum Size||up to 4.5 cm|
|Temperature||73 - 80 ℉ (22.8 - 26.7 ℃)|
|PH||5.0 - 7.5|
|TDS||50 - 250|
Emporer Tetras are native to the medium or deep slow-moving sections of rivers, minor tributaries and backwaters in San Juan and Atrato river basins in Columbia in South America.
Emporer tetras prefer to live in dense vegetation with a dark substrate.
Emporer Tetras will accept dried foods of a suitable size, but they will need a variety in their diet.
Daily meals of small frozen and live foods such as Artemia, Brine shrimp, Daphnia and similar, will not only encourage this species to breed, but it will also give the best colouration for this fish.