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Old 10-29-2010, 12:15 AM   #1
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Questions re. Scarlet badis

Hi guys,

I'm planning on adding a couple of Scarlet badis to one of my planted tanks. The current inhabitants are 5 CPDs and about 25 RCS. Hopefully they'll get along with my CPDs, who are pretty shy to begin with.

From what I've read so far, these guys seem to be picky eaters. I'm hoping to feed them NLS small fish formula supplemented with frozen bloodworms every couple of days. I'm also hoping they'll help control the RCS population by snacking on the shrimplets (CPDs don't seem to be too interested).

I've also read that females seem to be nearly impossible to find. I'm not too keen on breeding them, so I'm more than happy to get all males since they're much prettier anyways. Is there going to be an aggression problem if I get all males? The tank is only 6 gallons in size but it is heavily planted with rocks and wood for hiding places.

Also, it's recommended that the water chemistry be soft and on the acidic side, but my tank water is the opposite. Is this a major concern or can they adapt with proper acclimation?

Thanks in advance for answering these Q's! :-D


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Old 10-29-2010, 04:16 AM   #2
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I have kept Badis badis, a close relative of dario dario. They will certainly establish an intraspecies pecking order, much like cichlids. I doubt you'll be able to get them to accept NLS or other prepared foods and they will surely enjoy snacking on baby rcs. I think they're relatively adaptable and should be ok given that your parameters remain stable.
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