Scarlet Badis (Dario Dario)
The Scarlet Badis is a small yet vibrant freshwater fish that brings a burst of color to any aquarium. This species is characterized by its striking red coloration, which is contrasted by bold, dark stripes. They typically reach a size of just 1 inch when fully grown, making them perfect for nano aquariums.
Scarlet Badis are known for their bold and curious personality. Despite their small size, they are territorial and can be aggressive towards their own kind, especially during breeding. Therefore, it's recommended to keep only one male in a tank. They can be kept with other peaceful, small, slower-moving fish that won't outcompete them for food.
Their diet is primarily carnivorous, consisting of small live foods like brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms. They may also accept high-quality flake or pellet foods as part of a balanced diet.
The Scarlet Badis thrive in well-planted tanks that mimic their natural environment. They prefer a tank with plenty of hiding spots, such as caves or dense vegetation, plus plenty of water-worn rocks and pebbles to provide cover. A soft substrate such as sand is recommended, though fine gravel can also be used. Suitable plants for their habitat include species like Cryptocoryne or plants that can be affixed to decorations such as Microsorum, Anubias, or Taxiphyllum. The latter is especially beneficial as it is an excellent spawning substrate. Additionally, elements like driftwood branches, floating vegetation, and leaf litter can enhance the habitat. The water should be kept clean and well-oxygenated, with a moderate current to replicate river conditions.
Regular monitoring of water conditions is essential, as these fish are sensitive to changes in water parameters. The Scarlet Badis thrives in water temperatures of 73-79°F (23-26°C), pH levels of 6.5 to 7.5, and water hardness of 10-15 dGH. A minimum aquarium size of 10 gallons for a single pair with an ideal community aquarium size of 20 gallons or larger.
Care for these fish is relatively straightforward, making them suitable for intermediate aquarists. Regular water changes, monitoring of water parameters, and a balanced diet are key to their health and longevity.
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