New Fish - Emperor Tetras and Black Emperor Tetras

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New Fish - Emperor Tetras and Black Emperor Tetras

Postby Kmuda » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:37 pm

Picked up 10 new fish this weekend. May be common to you folk, but I've only seen Emperor Tetras in my area three times over the last 30 years. I picked up 5 of these guys. I'm not going to bore you with my bad photography, so I borrowed this from the Internet. In case you are not familiar with Emperor Tetras, they look like this:

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Even more rare, something I've never seen in my area, I picked up 5 Black Emperor Tetras to go with them.

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Great little fish. I highly recommend them. They are a "schooling" fish but they don't actually "school", they just want to in the same general vicinity of each other so they can chase and nip. Amongst each other, they are very similar to Tiger Barbs in this regard. The Black Emperors are fearless, charging in to get food, even right in front of much larger fish.
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Re: New Fish - Emperor Tetras and Black Emperor Tetras

Postby Lilly » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:34 pm

Very nice Kmuda, I have never seen them in my LFS's. Great addition to your community tank :lthumb:
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Re: New Fish - Emperor Tetras and Black Emperor Tetras

Postby Tom » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:38 pm

Good score!
Real evolved genetics..., much better than glow in the dark devolution IMO.
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Re: New Fish - Emperor Tetras and Black Emperor Tetras

Postby Kmuda » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:58 am

I rarely sit and watch my tanks. Anytime I do I see something that needs done, so I get up and do it. So as an effort reducing exercise, I rarely sit and observe one of my tanks for an extended period of time. :lol:

The last two nights I have sat in front of the tank with these guys in it and just watched. :lthumb:

Fascinating behavior. I've learned to tell the males from the females. Females have green eyes, males blue eyes. I may have to stand up a 20 gallon long breeder for these guys. Would be an interesting exercise as they don't breed in anything other than soft acidic water.
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55g - Angelfish - 29g Livebearer Community
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Re: New Fish - Emperor Tetras and Black Emperor Tetras

Postby Ahab's Foot » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:32 pm

I've never seen Emperor Tetras. Those are gems.

I rarely sit and watch my tanks.

:shock: I would spend hours in Zen-like rapture. That big kisser is a trip.
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Re: New Fish - Emperor Tetras and Black Emperor Tetras

Postby Kmuda » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:44 pm

[quote="Ahab's Foot"]I've never seen Emperor Tetras. Those are gems.

It's an old school fish. I cannot remember NOT being aware of them and have looked for them in every fish store I've ever walked into. They just fail out of favor for some reason. I don't know why. They are an exceptional beautiful fish. They look best (show the purple coloration) in more subdued lighting, which may have something to do with it. People today want Type O stars on top of their tanks.
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55g - 21 Year Old Kissing Gourami + friends
55g - Angelfish - 29g Livebearer Community
4 Cats, 2 Shelties, 1 wife, 1 old lady, and one of the sub-adults broke back in.
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