Red Emperor Snapper (medium)
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The emperor snapper Lutjanus sebae is a remarkably simple-looking yet strikingly beautiful species, highly sought for its hardiness, adult size, and character in aquaria. Juveniles and adults alike make impressive display specimens in properly sized setups. Proper size is the key here, as this fish can reach 46 inches—that’s almost 4 feet—and more than 70 pounds! There are, however, also some other areas of concern with keeping this species healthy in captivity, so I’ll pass along some of the information that I have gathered on this fish over the past 15 or so years of dealing with them.