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    I'm looking to add either some Kerri tetras (Inpaichthys kerri) or Emperor tetras (Nematobrycon palmeri) to a tank that currently has only a pair of apisto cacs, one GBR, and a couple of otos. I love the color of the kerri and love the fins of the emperor. Anyone have experience with these two fish or reasons to prefer one over the other?

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    Emperor tetras, are more attractive than the Kerri IMO, living up to their name with their rich purple/blue coloring and of course their "trident tail". Even the female Emperor outshines their counterpart kerri, which is usualy a plain brown fish.

    The "super blue kerri" is a very attractive color-morph, I do have to admit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steeler1 View Post
    Emperor tetras, are more attractive than the Kerri IMO, living up to their name with their rich purple/blue coloring and of course their "trident tail". Even the female Emperor outshines their counterpart kerri, which is usualy a plain brown fish.

    The "super blue kerri" is a very attractive color-morph, I do have to admit.
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    I agree with Steeler1, Emperor tetras outshine Kerri's. They do get a little large so make sure your tank is large enough for a school.
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    I too have kept both. I actually prefer the Inpaichthys kerri especially in the setup you describe. I think these would be more "appreciated" by the quieter fish.

    Nematobrycon palmeri are a bit more feisty. The closely-related N. lacortei very much so. A beautiful fish, but can be a real bully. I had a group of 12 of these, along with around 8 N. palmeri, in my 5-foot tank, and after a few weeks, I came in to see all the fish (about 100 of them, various tetras) down at one end of the tank, with two male N. lacortei ensuring they stayed there. I moved the "Emperors" (both species) to my 90g, and same thing happened, only I left them and this time they actually nipped the other fish. I gave them all away.

    My present group of 9 N. palmeri all hatched out and grew up in the 90g, after I had removed the original groups (these species are prolific spawners) are much more restrained, fortunately, but they are still a bit active so I would watch what they go in with.

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    I'm going to respectfully disagree with Byron on this one; I have never had Emperor tetra's nip anything and I've kept them on and off since 1985. Even the males "mock battles" never amount to much.

    This very reputable site does not mention aggressive behavior: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...55980276,d.cGE
    As a matter of fact the same source claims the Kerri; can be a nipper if not kept in sufficiant numbers: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...55980276,d.cGE

    You must have gotten a very aggresive school for some reason.
    Last edited by steeler58; 11-06-2013 at 05:33 AM.
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