Originally Posted by ChoclateBetta
Emperor tetras are not like other Tatars they can live happy indepeditly. I think you are confusing them with penguin tetras everything I read said they are fine on there own.
The only emperor tetra I know if is Nematobrycon palmeri
, and they are a shoaling species according to numerous sources. Even googled it and nothing else came up. I considered them for my 30 gal tank, but decided against them. I like that dark stripe but not their fins. Penguin tetra are Thayeria spp
. Different genus.
Originally Posted by MaisyDawgThirteen
Would any of these plants work? water wisteria, anubius, amazon sword, anacharis
No experience with wisteria, but people claim it to be a hardy plant. Anarcharis is fast growing and needs pretty high light; mine isn't doing the greatest right now. Anubias and java fern are great to root to driftwood, and they give a really neat look. Swords are great low-light plants, but get one of the smaller varieties like dwarf chain sword as the ones sold in pet stores get huge (like 22 inches tall huge). If she does go with swords, be sure to tell her to get root tabs as they are heavy root feeders.
As for the other plants I listed: the hornwort is high light and is best left floating for this reason. Ludwigia (being a stem plant) likes higher light. Vals are a med-high light plant. They can work under med-low lighting, but growth will be best under high lighting. Not really too sure you want that, tho, as those monsters' leaves can get 3 feet long.