Black emperor tetra

Other Black emperor tetra Names: Black emperor tetra, rainbow tetra

Black emperor tetra Scientific Name: Nematobrycon palmeri

Black Emperor Tetra (Nematobrycon palmeri))

Temperature Range: 73°F-81°F
pH Range: 5-7.8
Hardness Range: 1-25°

Family: Characidae

Species Type: Characins (Tetras)

Black emperor tetra Adult Size: 2 inches (cm)

Black emperor tetra Life Expectancy: 6 years

Black emperor tetra Habitat: Columbia

Black emperor tetra Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

Black emperor tetra Temperament: Generally peaceful

Black emperor tetra Diet & Nutrition: Nondemanding with food types. Will eat flake food, frozen food and freeze dried food. Loves live food such as mosquito larvae, daphnia and brine shrimp

Black emperor tetra Description: A very attractive fish that can be easily sexed. The males are known to have a spike in the middle of the caudal fin. Gives it the appearance of a trident. The fins on the male are longer than those of the female. Females will be shorter and fuller in body than the males. The fins are translucent with a black edge. The fins will turn a reddish color where they attach to the body. The body of the fish is a dark purple, blue-grey color with a black stripe that runs the entire length of the fish from the mouth to the tail the body has an iridescent sheen to it and the fins appear yellow.

Tank Mate Compatibility: tetras, dwarf guoramis, danios, rainbow fish, angelfish, guppies, mollies, piecos, swordtails, rasboras, discus, small scavenger catfish

Black emperor tetra Breeding & Spawning: Egg layers. Will begin laying eggs at dawn and continue throughout the day. Feed brine shrimp and mosquito larvae when spawning. Remove parents when spawn is complete or they will eat the eggs.

Determining Black emperor tetra Sex: Females are smaller than the males and will have shorter fins. The males have a spike or trident on the caudal fin. Easy to identify the males from the females.

Aquarium Region: Prefers the middle of the tank.

Black emperor tetra Diseases: None specific to species.

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