Is the stocking issue because of the betta? He is only in there for a bit when he is a little bigger I’m getting him one of those big 5 gallon glass bowls with a heater and sponge filter. He is really small at the moment btw.
I know my tank is small but the scarlet badis stay no bigger than 2-3 cmI use frozen cubes, but a whole cube is too much to feed at once in my tanks. I cut them in half, thawing one half in tank water and leaving the other frozen for next time. Even then, it's too much for one feeding, so I keep the thawed stuff in a small container in the fridge for up to 4 days before thawing more.
I don't know anything about Badis but it seems you might just have a lot of fish in a small tank, so it would probably be best to feed carefully. I use tongs to drop individual shrimp, or sometimes a small pipette to just add a few at a time to the tank.
In a 5.5 gallon, there isn’t enough room for the males to have territories.
Oh.. darn my lfs ( it’s a family owned sort of thing) raise almost all the fish they sell including Scarlet Badis and I thought if they were raised together they would be okIn a 5.5 gallon, there isn’t enough room for the males to have territories.
You could have a male and 2 females, but females are almost nonexistent in the hobby so I would stick to 1 scarlet badis.