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02-09-2013 02:30 AM
babydragons These are such beautiful fish. I just did a whole bunch of googling on them. I wish I could have one. But I doubt one would be happy in my fluval spec
02-09-2013 12:38 AM
Robotguy Just as a data point, here's my experience so far:

I picked up 2 Dario Dario from LFS 2 weeks ago, one bright red, one pale pink, for my Mini-M at work. I also picked up some frozen bloodworms and fed those each morning. I ordered fairy shrimp and walter worms to culture for live food.

The red fish lasted 2 days and then disappeared. Although the tank is moderately planted, I looked hard enough that I should have found him if he was still in there. I think the CRS ate the corpse. The pink fish didn't die, so I have to assume he was eating the worms, but I never saw it.

Today my walter worm culture was finally ready so I fed those and he loved them. I got the worms from "livefishfood" on evilbay and they were very easy to start and feed, if a little smelly (mostly yeast smell, though). I'm hoping it's easy to reproduce also since so far it's the only food I've seen the little bugger eat...

The fairy shrimp (from "eeandss" are still too small to be practical, but I have ~100 hatched and growing.
01-15-2013 09:20 PM
musician71604 I agree, mine would only take live foods. I tried to feed them golden pearls, but never noticed them eating them.
01-13-2013 01:28 AM
kwheeler91 They were probably done for before they ever made it to your tank. Why not buy some form MiniFishRoom next time around? If his really eat flake i would jump all over that!

If you do end up with wilder ones in the future though, microworms are a good one. Daphnia would help as well. I believe they will take frozen brine, but i would NOT feed anabantoids, or most any fish, bloodworms. Way more trouble than they are worth.

The ones i had some years back took decapsulated brine shrimp eggs, they may have taken golden pearls but i fed them at the same time and it was hard to tell the difference. They also ate pond snails I crushed on the glass. I kept CPD's in the same tank and they spawned every morning, i imagine they got a good supply of fish eggs this way. Lots of plants and mosses help to grow copepods for them to graze on as well.
01-11-2013 11:06 AM
MiniFishRoom
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Originally Posted by Green_Flash View Post
do you think I could keep one in a mini s? 1 with some ottos and maybe micro rasbora?

mini s is 3.5g 12 x 8 x 9 I think?
It shouldn't be a problem.
01-11-2013 11:05 AM
MiniFishRoom
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Originally Posted by HybridHerp View Post
*sigh* well, that didn't last long
Seems they both kicked the bucket over night, because I can't find them but I can see my snails eating two little fish looking things, and everyone else seems to be accounted for. Then again, it could be a pygmy cory but idk.

In the future, I'm getting nano-fish from a reputable source, so as to avoid the possibility of prior stressors as much as possible.
Sorry about the loss. Next time get the ones that are not wild and are tank breed and raised.
Usually pet stores get wild ones so they tend to be real picky on food and probably was sick to begin with.
01-10-2013 11:46 PM
jpalimpsest
So sorry, HybridHerp
01-10-2013 11:36 PM
Green_Flash do you think I could keep one in a mini s? 1 with some ottos and maybe micro rasbora?

mini s is 3.5g 12 x 8 x 9 I think?
01-10-2013 10:39 PM
HybridHerp *sigh* well, that didn't last long
Seems they both kicked the bucket over night, because I can't find them but I can see my snails eating two little fish looking things, and everyone else seems to be accounted for. Then again, it could be a pygmy cory but idk.

In the future, I'm getting nano-fish from a reputable source, so as to avoid the possibility of prior stressors as much as possible.
01-09-2013 02:21 AM
MiniFishRoom
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Originally Posted by HybridHerp View Post
Is there any clear way to sex them? Perhaps post a picture of a known male, a known female, and show a known male that looks like a female and maybe show what makes it different (if that makes sense)
Here's a few clips of my Scarlet Badis:

Male Scarlet Badis:
http://youtu.be/OC4sSC51GgU

Scarlet Badis Pair:
http://youtu.be/UkJb8lXVQwA

Scarlet Badis Female:
http://youtu.be/cT_tR6AXmII
01-09-2013 01:11 AM
HybridHerp Is there any clear way to sex them? Perhaps post a picture of a known male, a known female, and show a known male that looks like a female and maybe show what makes it different (if that makes sense)
01-08-2013 11:34 PM
jpalimpsest I've heard that fish stores generally only stock males.
01-08-2013 11:28 PM
MiniFishRoom
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Originally Posted by Eldachleich View Post
I've noticed that the dominant fish turns a bright red and the rest of the makes go a silver to faded silvery pink colour.
That is really true.
First time I got these guys I bought over probably 20+ Pale looking ones at one time and only landed 2 females out of the whole batch.
01-08-2013 11:18 PM
MiniFishRoom
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Originally Posted by jpalimpsest View Post
Do you raise the fry? Do you ever sell them?
I do raise all the fry. I only sell them when I am able to sex.
01-08-2013 11:10 PM
jpalimpsest
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Originally Posted by MiniFishRoom View Post
Feeding a lot of live food always get them to breed for me. They breed like bettas so expect a ton of fry.

Do you raise the fry? Do you ever sell them?
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