Emperor Red Snapper - Lutjanus sebae The Emperor Red Snapper is a powerful and compact fish with a large head. The base color is a rusty red, with three very thick broad white verticle bands. The Emperor Red Snapper have a total of 11 dorsal spines with 15 dorsal soft rays. The anal spines are 3 in number while it has 10 anal soft rays. The dorsal profile of head is steeply sloped. Preorbital bone is broad and Preopercular notch and knob moderately developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Generally the Emperor Red Snapper is red or pink, darker on the back; fins are red except the pectorals which is pink. Juveniles and small adults have a dark red band from first dorsal spine through eye to tip of snout; a 2nd band from mid-dorsal fin to pelvic fin; a 3rd from base of last dorsal spine to caudal peduncle. Large Emperor Red Snapper adults become uniformly red. The Emperor Red Snapper is a very large fish that needs a very large tank. It appreciates a well-lit aquarium, with plenty of hiding spots, but also plenty of open swimming room. If kept in a cramped aquarium, they will become aggressive and so they need their space. They prefer to school, but that requires an extremely large display tank. Maximum size:
The Emperor Red Snapper grows upto 14 inches in length. General Size:
This fish generally comes in size varying between 4 to 8 inches. Minimum Tank Size:
A 100 gallons or larger aquarium provides good environment for Emperor Red Snapper. Tank Conditions:
The Emperor Red Snapper should ideally be kept in temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. A pH value of 8.1 or 8.4, and a specific gravity of 1.020 to 1.025 should be maintained. When kept with invertebrates, the specific gravity range should be 1.020 to 1.025, for the invertebrate species. In a fish only aquarium, the specific gravity should fall between 1.020 and 1.023. Habitat:
The Emperor Red Snapper occurs on coral reefs of the Indo-West Pacific from southern Red Sea and East Africa to New Caledonia, north to southern Japan, south to Australia In Australia it is known from the offshore reefs of north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef to northern New South Wales. Diet and Feeding:
The Emperor Red Snapper is an carnivore that can be fed a mixed diet of shrimp, squid, clams, fish, and other meaty fares suitable for carnivores, as well as marine algae and vitamin-enriched herbivore foods.