Royal Black Emperor Tetra



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The Royal Black Emperor Tetra is a peaceful fish that can be housed in any community aquarium. Its fins are translucent and the pointed tail has a unique look that will intrigue the beginner to the expert aquarist. Originally from South America, this Tetra is arguably the most beautiful of all with a brilliant purple body.

The Royal Black Emperor Tetra can be housed in a community aquarium with soft or brackish water. Plants, rocks, and driftwood help to enhance its natural habitat and provide hiding places. This is a peaceful fish that the beginner to the expert aquarist would benefit from having. A group of at least six are recommended as they are schooling fish and will do best kept in groups.

The Royal Black 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 the eggs have been fertilized, remove the parents or they will eat the eggs. Feed fry baby brine shrimp or crushed flake food.

The Royal Black 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.


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