Scarlet Badis

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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 10 gallon planted tank. How many scarlet badis(es?) would be the best for my tank?
 

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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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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?
 

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

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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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Mike the fish keeper said:
I would believe so. I haven't met any fish that won't except frozen food.
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.
 

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chromedome52 said:
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.
I have actually wondered about how you could seed a tank for microfauna to keep these little guys happy.
 

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