Emperors of R2R (pomacanthus imperator)

TSM Aquatics

ID-Reefer

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Oct 8, 2020
Messages
388
Reaction score
573
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Boise
Love my emperor but he is a bully and nips on some LPS. He leaves my hammer, torches, gonis, bubble coral, SPS all alone but he will nip at Zoas on occasion which I can live with but he seems to have a taste for elegance coral. I don't understand why he leaves torches alone but immediately nips at any elegance I put in the tank.

IMG_5281.jpeg
 

mfollen

Valuable Member
Review score
+1 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Mar 14, 2013
Messages
1,802
Reaction score
1,395
Review score
+1 /0 /-0
Location
Chicago, IL
Has anyone tried pairing emperor angelfish?

I have a 2.75” juvenile and have the opportunity to add a 4” almost complete adult.

I assume the juvenile hasn’t changed sexes yet and the larger new emperor should be able to establish its dominance?

What is your experience or advice? The system is a 90 gallon, I have a larger system ready in a year.
 
Nutramar Foods

i cant think

7500 Club Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Sep 1, 2021
Messages
7,931
Reaction score
8,331
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
England
Pair, yes. Had these guys for a while. Male 10 years. Added female as a Juvi while he was pretty much fully grown. Working on a trio now with another juvi.

Emperor pair.jpg
How do you sex P. imperator? Or even any pomacanthus?
 

iReefer12

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Apr 22, 2012
Messages
488
Reaction score
325
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Boulder, CO
I just added the smallest Emp I’ve ever seen. First time keeping an emperor. He is currently about 1” or smaller. Also interested in the idea of pairing. Looking forward to watching him grow.

(That’s the nose of a Valetini Puffer on the left side for size comparison, he’s tiny, but already has personality) BDF79529-E47D-4A6F-ABAE-C2670AC04E21.jpeg
 
Last edited:
Top Shelf Aquatics

Largeangels

Community Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Nov 17, 2010
Messages
83
Reaction score
121
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Ann Arbor
As far as sexing of emperors I'm basing it on observation and what I've read in various articles of the years. Male's face will become VERY blue when excited or showing off for female. Male's body more elongated as compared to the rounder body of the female. Femala's face always remains white. These two are definitely a pair.

If anyone has any other observations please share.
 

NEM Aquatics

New Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Oct 14, 2021
Messages
7
Reaction score
8
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Baltimore
Has anyone tried pairing emperor angelfish?

I have a 2.75” juvenile and have the opportunity to add a 4” almost complete adult.

I assume the juvenile hasn’t changed sexes yet and the larger new emperor should be able to establish its dominance?

What is your experience or advice? The system is a 90 gallon, I have a larger system ready in a year.
Just a further reply on this, I had to move my around 1.5" juvenile back into QT after is expressed some flukes. After doing that, I also decided to rescue an extremely emaciated, flukes covered 5-6" sub-adult. Both in a heavily oxygenation 29G and showing absolutely zero initial aggression. They were actually swimming together this morning.
 

iReefer12

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Apr 22, 2012
Messages
488
Reaction score
325
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Boulder, CO
Just a further reply on this, I had to move my around 1.5" juvenile back into QT after is expressed some flukes. After doing that, I also decided to rescue an extremely emaciated, flukes covered 5-6" sub-adult. Both in a heavily oxygenation 29G and showing absolutely zero initial aggression. They were actually swimming together this morning.

Keep us posted. What size tank will they eventually go in?
 

NEM Aquatics

New Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Oct 14, 2021
Messages
7
Reaction score
8
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Baltimore
Keep us posted. What size tank will they eventually go in?
They will both be going into a 180.5g until they increase in size a bit more, and by then I hope to upgrade to a 240g. If there is any aggression down the line, the sub-adult would go into my fish only 125g w/55g sump until I can rehome it, as it was mainly purchased as a rescue to try to save it.
 
Avast
Nutramar Foods
Join the movement!
OP
Wen

Wen

Valuable Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Feb 13, 2018
Messages
1,248
Reaction score
2,059
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Florida
To date, General Tso ignores 3 different torches, a frogspawn, palys located right next to rbta guarded by clowns, blue hornet zoas at base of slimer, yumas, ricordeas, 2 gorgonians and wall of gsp.

The secret for me is placing zoa/palys in difficult to reach locations, have a pair of clowns to protect nems, space feedings through the day and feed a variety.
Nori clip, clams, pellets (auto feeder 2x), macro from fuge, homemade frozen food.

Forget about zoa or paly frags out in the open. A meaty trachy is simply irresistible.

CE6F42D5-169B-4DA7-9B36-E5588FBAF8EC.jpeg
 
Printed Reef - Custom Reef Accessories
Top