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sweetwaterarabians 08-23-2008 12:15 PM

Emperor Tetras and smaller tetras
I was thinking of adding some Emperor Tetras to my 55 gallon tank. I have a shoal of 15 cardinal tetras and I don't want anything to happen to them so I'm very nervous about adding anything that could be agressive to my cardinals.
Our local stores don't have Emperors so I would have to mail order them. My sister had some years ago and they were INCREDIBLE looking fish and I have wanted to get some ever since. I would like to get 5 or 6 of them to add some extra color and sizeable fish to my tank. Right now I have the 15 cardinals, 1 huge pleco, 1 clown loach, 4 corys, 2 otos and a few small guppies.
Can Emperors go with Neons and Cardinals?

okiemavis 08-23-2008 01:30 PM

Are you referring to Nematobrycon palmeri? There are a few different tetras referred to as Emperor tetras.

As far as I know, they're quite docile & not nippy. They should go just fine in your tank.

However, it's probably time to start looking for a new home for your pleco. A huge pleco makes a HUGE amount of waste, and adding more fish may be too much bioload for your tank.

sweetwaterarabians 08-23-2008 01:41 PM

I'm referring to these

I think you are right about the Pleco. He's so pretty but getting much too big. I need to find someone who can give him a good home. I hate just taking them to the pet store and giving them to them because no telling where they will end up.

okiemavis 08-23-2008 02:53 PM

Try giving him away through your local aquarium society or on craigslist.

And yeah, we're talking about the same fish :) I'd just wait on adding them until your pleco has been rehomed. Wouldn't want to cause an ammonia spike!

sweetwaterarabians 08-23-2008 06:43 PM

Well, I did it. I traded my pleco at one of the local pet stores. I do hope and pray he finds a good home. I traded him for a couple Amazon Swords and a few platys for my daughter. Not a bad trade. I wish they had had some Emperors but all their tetras looked awful.

Since Emperors are so docile I'll be getting some in the near future.

sweetwaterarabians 08-26-2008 07:01 PM

Well my new Emperors came in the mail today. They are just gorgeous. They look very healthy and happy. Hopefully, they stay alive. They are small but they will grow. I got 5 of them along with 7 more otos. The otos don't look so hot right now but they don't ship very well. Unfortunately, I can't get them around here at the local pet stores. When I ask for them they look at me like I'm nuts and say, "Do you mean corys?" Hopefully, they will perk up and I won't loose any.

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