It is not a catfish! It's one of two genera in the Family Badidae (along with [I]Badis[/I]), a perch-like fish. They are very interesting little hunters, but are quite finicky - mine will only eat nematodes (microworms, bananaworms, etc) and frozen bloodworms in addition to what ever small critters they find in my tank.
Small fish, but big personality! These little guys wave their fins in anticipation of being fed. So interesting to watch, as they know all too well, how to beg for more food. I've always fed mine California Blackworms. Yes unfortunately they don't eat any processed foods. Only frozen or live, so in that regards they require a little more effort to take care of. That and the fact that they probably won't do well in a community tank because they tend to be on the shy side, and won't do well trying to compete against other fish for food. Still one of my all time favorite fish nonetheless.
I have 11 of the Scarlet Badis's.I got them from "Tropic Isle Aquarium" in Mass. They shipped them to me in Florida over night for $79.00 in early summer. They are still in good shape,but I'm having a problem breeding them. They are in a planted tank(20gal/long) good chems.Seven are in there,3 males/4 ladies, others are in a smaller tank(just in case). Can anybody help with info ? Pfguy540
I love these little guys! I haven't had a problem with them not eating, they peck at tiny newly hatched snails, and probably my shrimplets. Since I only have 4 I'm not too concerned with them eating all my shrimplets, and definitely not concerned about them with my shrimp. Some of my shrimp are bigger than they are!