I have a problem with two of my Scarlet Badis flashing and glass surfing all day.
The problems started like this: I have a 12 Gallon walstad heavy planted. It used to have 9 Herlquin rasboras and male and female badis. I took the rasboras out two weeks ago because it's too little space+ my scarlet badis were mating all day and he just terrorized them (he was super rad back then and just acting like he's king of the tank)
After that I changed some plants and seeded the aquarium with sludge worms which they enjoyed. Then I seeded the aquarium with about 100 scuds and some daphnia . That seems to freak him out and just acted scared banging on the glass. The female seems alright tho.
He continued like that and I also seen him flashing sometime. I thought of quarantine him but he was too scared to get caught and my other aquarium would be too small anyway.
The female looks like better, she was hunting and going around but sometimes she'll join him (they acting like a real cupel) and it looks like he freaks her out and she also glass surfing but then go back to normal.
I thought he probably wont make it from stress and she'll be fine but today I seen her flashing too. Also she following him all day now.
I am very worried and don't know what to do and that's all I think about all day.
The tank is cycled: nitrite0 nitrate10 ammonia0 PH7.6-8 GH>21 KH15-20 I upped the temp to 25celsius
she's hunting and tho I thought he's not eating I seen him eat today.
They don't have any white spots/ red gills /droopsy / not going at water surface or anything I can see. Only that they are not colored (he's much paler and she also last days.)
I think he's just scared from the scuds but I don't know what to do. He's either hiding or in the front on the glass and barely go to he's favorite territory. Now they are all day in front of the glass wishing they where out...
I have in the tank a bunch of neocaridina shrimp (they still reproducing so I think water quality is good.) There are a few scarlet badis fry still stuck to the glass. 1 Nerite and many Ramshorn snail and there are the scuds.