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scarlet badis?

What's your experience with these little fishes? I'm still in the process of getting info for my nano tank....




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Pretty awesome fish. I had mine for a few months now and he is doing good. I've been feeding him frozen brine shrimp and he looks good.


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I've been interested in these guys as well so I'll be subscribing. I currently have 2.5 and 3.3 gallon tanks currently unstocked. What size tank are people keeping them in?
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I'm keeping mine in a 1.5g planted tank. I do have bigger tanks I could keep him in but he looks pretty colorful in this tank. I would like to find a female and breed them but never do come across one.


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I thought 10g was the min for these fish?


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I had a pair in a 10g, they never really took to any of the dried or frozen food I gave them - mostly subsisted off of shrimplets I assume. Unfortunately they only lasted in my setup for a few months.
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Will these wipe out a bunch of shrimp? I know they won't eat adults, probably, but will they pick off every single one of the babies and keep them from sustaining a population?


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I have a ghost shrimp in with mine he just looks at him and that's all.


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I have had them twice in a 4 gallon tank. First time I had two males with a colony of rili shrimp and never had a problem with a shrimp colony going. However, I had a problem with feeding them anything but live foods or frozen blood worms. After the tank crashed, I recently re-stocked the tank with pygmy cories, a female clown killi and a male - female pair of scarlet badises. So far so good. Same deal with food. They love micro worms so I just stick to feeding the entire tank live micro worms.

I am much happier with the male and female pair over the two males. With the two males there was a bit of aggression. Not so much with the male female pairing. The problem is that getting a female scarlet badis is hard because they are not as colorful and imported less.

All-in-all a great little colorful fish to have in a small tank. Love to watch them hunt little worms and the way they wait patiently for the worms to drop into the tank.


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I tend to have problems with these fish, but that was because it was hard to feed them. They're better off in a species only tank, or in a tank where other tankmates won't compete with them for food. The reason for this is that they really really reallyyyyyyyyyyy slow at food. They'll look at food first, then if they consider it food, they'll take a nab at it. Otherwise, they'll just ignore it. That's the problem I had with mine. They're better at live food. Give it time though, then they'll go for frozen things like frozen brine shrimp.
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I kept 3 males in a 40B with 400+ colony of RCS, never had a problem. Occasionally two males would flare up at each other but that was it. I never seen them eat but they were very fat and happy. All 3 had an extremely red coloration, I assume from eating their fill of baby RCS.


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