The Red Emperor Snapper is a compact and powerful fish with a large head. With its rusty red body color and three thick broad white vertical bands, it makes a beautiful fish in the home aquarium. The Red Emperor Snapper has a total of 11 dorsal spines and 15 dorsal soft rays. Being a large fish that grows up to 14 inches in the wild, it needs a large well-lit tank not less than 55 gallons with plenty of hiding spots and also plenty of open swimming room. The Red Emperor Snapper thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. The Emperor Red Snapper is a carnivore that can be fed a mixed diet of shrimp, squid, clams, fish, and other meaty fares suitable for carnivores, as well as marine algae and vitamin-enriched herbivore foods. It is commonly referred to as a Sebae Snapper. The Red Emperor Snapper grows pretty fast and eats ornamental crustaceans in the aquarium that makes it unsuitable for a reef tank. As a juvenile, it likes to school with other Emperor Snappers, but as an adult, it should be alone in the tank.
The Emperor Red Snapper is a powerful and compact fish with a large head. The base color is a rusty red, with three very thick broad white verticle bands. The Emperor Red Snapper have a total of 11 dorsal spines with 15 dorsal soft rays. The anal spines are 3 in number while it has 10 anal soft rays. The dorsal profile of head is steeply sloped. Preorbital bone is broad and Preopercular notch and knob moderately developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line.