Black Tiger Badis (Dario Sp. “Myanmar”)
The Black Tiger Badis is a nano-sized member of the perch family that originates from Northern Myanmar. This rare and beautiful fish is known for its striking red, cream, and black vertical striping, with black and blue highlights on the fins of mature males. As males reach maturity, they often display even more intense coloration, especially when competing for the attention of females.
Although the Black Tiger Badis is a micro-predator that grows 1 to 1.5 inches, its small size makes them safe with virtually any fish or invertebrate that is too large to fit in their mouths. However, Black Tiger Badis may eat the fry and juveniles of Caridina and Neocaridina shrimp or other small invertebrates that will fit in its mouth.
The Black Tiger Badis is somewhat timid compared to more boisterous fish, so it's necessary to ensure that this Badis is not outcompeted for food. They may hybridize with other Badis species, so care should be taken if keeping it with the Scarlet Badis (Dario dario).
This species is a micro-predator that requires a diet of meaty foods. Many specimens may not accept dry flake and pellet foods, so live, and frozen foods should be regularly offered. In the wild, this fish consumes various small worms, small crustaceans, insects, and insect larvae. At home in the aquarium, cyclops, enriched brine shrimp, and daphnia are excellent staples. Bloodworms and tubifex worms can be fed occasionally if no other appropriate foods are available. However, they should generally be fed in moderation as they can lead to obesity problems and disease.
The Black Tiger Badis thrives in a planted aquarium with relatively mild to moderate water flow. The aquarium should include plenty of plants, rockwork, and driftwood to provide cover and security to reduce stress and encourage them to come out for a swim.
Badis fish is a cave spawner, so it's a good idea to shape some decor into cave-like structures. During spawning, the male will guard the eggs and newly-hatched fry, but any adults should be removed after that to avoid cannibalism of the fry by the parents.
The Black Tiger Badis is adaptable to a very wide temperature range, from 59° to 77° F (15° - 25° C). However, 68° - 77° F (20° - 25°) is best for long-term care. Badis prefers a pH of 7.0 - 9.0 and 2 - 11 dKH hardness. A minimum tank size of 30 gallons or larger is recommended for a group of Black Tiger Badis.
Caring for the Black Tiger Badis is straightforward, with the main challenge being their dietary requirements. Regular monitoring of water conditions is essential, as these fish are sensitive to changes in water parameters.
Please note that the Black Tiger Badis is extremely rare in the aquarium hobby, making it a unique and rewarding addition for the dedicated aquarist.
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