Scarlet Badis

  1. SunReign

    SunReign Valued Member Member

    Soooo I was thinking about getting sparkling gouramis for my tank.... but I found some scarlet badis at Petco that I've been looking for quite a while. They're gorgeous! The tank has had a few technical issues, though not major or catastrophic, so I'm going to wait a few days for everything to settle down.

    I have a shoal of ember tetras in my 10g planted tank. How many scarlet badis(es?) would be the best for my tank?
     
  2. ashenwelt

    ashenwelt Well Known Member Member

    Er... You found Scarlet Badis at Petco???!

    So couple things on them.

    1. Plant the tank heavy.
    2. Have a stable food supply.
    3. Females should out number males or have at least 3 males. They are very like cichlids.
     
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    SunReign

    SunReign Valued Member Member

    Yes, I did!! I was surprised too — they were kept in a pretty bookshelf tank with sakura grade cherry shrimps & orange shrimps. Said Petco has ram cichlids, ember tetras, puffers, arowana, and obscure fish; I don't know what I've done to be blessed.

    Are badis sensitive to tannins, by any chance?
     
  4. ashenwelt

    ashenwelt Well Known Member Member

    I actually don't know any fish that is. I am actually planning a five for some dario dario myself. They cover a huge range comfortably.

    Personally I am a believer that tanins tend to help fish heal... But I am a long term cichlid guy so...
     
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    SunReign

    SunReign Valued Member Member

    I doubt I'll be able to find any females. Could I have just 2 or 3 males?
     
  6. ashenwelt

    ashenwelt Well Known Member Member

    3 is better than 2. It lowers aggression or actually spreads it around.
     
  7. HappiestCamper

    HappiestCamper Well Known Member Member

    They can be super finnicky eaters just a heads up. I had kind of a hard time keeping mine because I don't have access to daphia or other tiny live foods, no one local has them near me.
     
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    SunReign

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  9. Mike the fish keeper

    Mike the fish keeper Valued Member Member

    I would believe so. I havent met any fish that wont except frozen food.
     
  10. chromedome52

    chromedome52 Fishlore VIP Member

    I have. ;)Some fish need to see the movement to trigger the attack reaction.

    Easiest thing is to keep microworms or a regular hatch container of brine shrimp nauplii for Dario.
     
  11. ashenwelt

    ashenwelt Well Known Member Member

    I have actually wondered about how you could seed a tank for microfauna to keep these little guys happy.