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Emperor Red Snapper (Lutjanus sebae)

The Emperor Red Snapper or Lutjanus sebae is yet another saltwater fish that changes its colors over its lifetime. When this species of Snapper is young it has a series of red and black stripes set against its white body. As it grows larger, these stripes tend to fade, and eventually disappear. By the time it is all over, the fish is a reddish pink and looks completely different then it did when it was younger.
Also known as the Sebae Snapper, this fish grows quickly, reaching about 2-1/2' in maximum length over its lifetime. Even though they get this large, people still try to house them in an aquarium. One of 200 gallons or more is highly recommended with the following water conditions, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4 and sg 1.020-1.025. They are not considered to be very easy to care for, and should be kept alone with plenty of room to swim. This fish should be fed a meal of meaty food chopped up like shrimp, fish and scallops daily to keep it healthy and happy.

These fish are found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans around reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef. In the wild they feed on shrimp, squid, clams and small fish. You can check out the Emperor Red Snapper and some other amazing fish in the video below...

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