Scarlet Badis

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by SunReign, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. SunReign

    SunReignValued MemberMember

    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

    ashenweltWell Known MemberMember

    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.
  3. OP

    SunReignValued MemberMember

    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

    ashenweltWell Known MemberMember

    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...
  5. OP

    SunReignValued MemberMember

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

    ashenweltWell Known MemberMember

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

    HappiestCamperWell Known MemberMember

    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.
  8. OP

    SunReignValued MemberMember

  9. Mike the fish keeper

    Mike the fish keeperValued MemberMember

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

    chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    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

    ashenweltWell Known MemberMember

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