Nematobrycon palmeri

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This glorious South American Characidae is native to western Colombia. Commonly known as Emperor tetra, this species is usually readily available in the trade. Often confused with Nematobrycon lacortei (Rainbow Tetra).

Care tips

  • Avoid strong water current
  • Planted tank
  • Compatible as dither fish with some Loricariidae species
  • Try at least a group of 8 species in a tank (more females then males)
  • An omnivore
  • Peaceful
  • Males can get aggressive toward each other

Nematobrycon palmeri is also known by Emperor tetra.

Below you can find the group of Emperor tetra's that I cared for in the past.

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Photo gallery

This photo gallery contains images. Photos were taken between 2015 and 2016. Latest photos are always at the top. Click on each image for full-screen view.

Video gallery

This video gallery contains videos of my Emperor Tetra's. Latest videos are always at the top.

Group of Emperor tetra's

This video demonstrates slow motion closeups of this species.

  • Video capture date 2015-2016