Scarlet badis (Dario Dario)

Discussion in 'Oddball Fish' started by Jswin, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. JswinWell Known MemberMember

    I'm thinking about putting some scarlet badis in my 10 gallon tank. Does anyone know anything about care difficulty/instructions. Also does anyone here breed them?
  2. NympxzieValued MemberMember

    They need a densely planted tank they are shy and i think it is a 1 male to 6 female ratio or you can do a single male, a pair (1 male 1 female), or a male with a few females

    That's about all I know unfortunately!
  3. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    I've kept them in the past. They are shy, but beautiful. A planted tank makes them more comfortable. Some people have issues with getting them to eat anything but live food. I never had that problem but you should be aware of it before you get any.

    If you are asking if anyone breeds them to find a seller, I can get you some links to people who sell them if you want.
  4. JswinWell Known MemberMember

    How many could I put in a 10 gallon? And I've read that they like low current so would a sponge filter suffice?
  5. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    I'd guess you could put 2, since you got put 1 in a 5.5 gallon.

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  6. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    A sponge filter would be fine. 2 males and 6 or 8 females should work if the tank is planted.
  7. MJDutiWell Known MemberMember

    I have a pair in my heavily planted 5.5. Good luck finding a female though, I just got lucky. Mine are not too finicky with food, but my fish in general get live food quite a bit, plus this tank has Copepods in it for them (living in my floating plant roots). The male is pretty aggressive. The female's caudal fin is a little beat up now. And he is constantly chasing her. I have a sponge filter and it's fine.

    I think these fish just aren't as popular because of their shyness, size, and just the males look fancy. My male is slightly larger then my female as well. I talked to a member in my fish club that has breed them and says it's not hard to get them mating. It's hard to see the fry, then get them to grow.
  8. Sarcasm IncludedWell Known MemberMember

    You can put 2 pair in a ten gallon. I would definitely not put 6-8 females in a ten with 2 males, unless you want to watch them die. Males are only tolerant of females in their territory when they want to breed. I like to move breeding pairs to a 5.5 gallon and put some moss in a terra cotta pot pointed to the front. When they spawn, move the pot to a tank overrun with moss.
  9. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Good to know. I have kept the amount I suggested. So what works for one doesn't work for another.

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