Purple Emperor Tetra | Juvenile
- Minimum Tank Size: 20 gal (76 L)
- Substrate Type: Any
- Lighting Needs: Moderate – normal lighting
- Temperature: 76° – 80° F (24° – 27° C)
- Range ph: 5.5 – 7.0 (acidic water is preferred)
- Hardness Range: 4 – 20 dKH
- Brackish: No
- Water Movement: Moderate
- Water Region: the top and middle level of the water column, although it can often be seen swimming and feeding in the middle and bottom levels as well.
The Purple Emperor Tetra also Known as Blue Emperor is a very attractive shoaling fish for the community aquarium. Its distinctive coloration consists of a mostly cream-colored body that is highlighted by a thick horizontal black stripe and yellow edges along its fins. Adult specimens also display a very noticeable blue or purple sheen especially when displaying breeding behavior. Females are generally smaller and thicker in size. The Purple Emperor Tetra typically breeds in pairs and must be kept in shoals of at least 6 to 10 fish. Males will posture and compete for females, but this aggression is not a problem in aquariums with ample space and plenty of décor. Smaller shoals of this fish may result in fin-nipping of other species in the tank. Though it has a relatively robust, larger body than many smaller tetras, it has a very small mouth.
Scientific Name: Inpaichthys kerri
Adult Size of fish – inches: 1.75 inches (4.5 cm)
Lifespan: 5 years – They have a lifespan of 3 to 5 years.
Aquarium Hardiness: hardy
Aquarist Experience Level: Basic