The emperor tetra, Nematobrycon palmeri, is kept and bred for a long time already in aquaria. The animals in the trade are almost exclusively bred ones. So it was only a question of time when the first sports would arrive. A very nice sport of the emperor tetra is the xanthoristic, golden mutant. The genetic reasons for that coloration are the same as in the goldfish, namely the lack of dark pigments on the body. Nevertheless the fish are no albinos. Despite the colours these golden emperors do not differ from their wild coloured cousins in respect of the demands in the aquarium.
For our customers: the fish have code 272652 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer