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Badis Info

Discussion in 'General Dwarf Cichlids' started by Zapisto, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. Zapisto

    Zapisto New Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi,

    I know it is not a cichlids but they look like them , and they are dwarf :)
    anyway if it is not a good place erase / move the thread. :)

    i had some experience with them before and actually breed them (i will say by accident).

    Now i want work on them really.
    so if you have any experience , info, on this littlle beauty feel free to share.

    thanks
  2. mummymonkey

    mummymonkey Member 5 Year Member

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    I kept the Burmese badis, Badis ruber for a while. A very interesting fish and as you say, very cichlid-like. I found after a while they would get very tame and take food direct from my fingers.
    I bred them much as dwarf cichlids with the difference being the male looks after the eggs. (He gets jet black at this time). I had more fry when I removed the females after spawning and then removed the male when the free-swiming fry appeared.
    I kept them in small colonies with a male and three females in an 2ft tank.

    Male:
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    Female:
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    Growing on the young:
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  3. Zapisto

    Zapisto New Member 5 Year Member

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    what your water parameters look like.

    thanks all theese info.
  4. mummymonkey

    mummymonkey Member 5 Year Member

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    My water is soft and neutral to slightly alkaline. Only 1 or 2 degrees of KH and dH and pH about 7.0 - 7.5.
    I'm not too particular about temperature in my tanks, anywhere between 75F - 78F and I leave the heater alone.
    I forgot to say I couldn't get these fish to eat flake. Either frozen bloodworm or white/grindal worm. They especially liked small earthworms which they would eat whole. They ignored daphnia and brine shrimp unless they where really hungry. I suspect they eat only wormy things in the wild.
  5. Zapisto

    Zapisto New Member 5 Year Member

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    ok thanks,

    mine eat flake , pellet (tiny) , grindals and of course frozen food
    did not try daphnia yet

    will see what that will give me :)
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    epl4978 New Member 5 Year Member

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    whats is a badis exactly like i know what they look like but what type of fish is it?
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    Cumb Dunt New Member 5 Year Member

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    i kept Badis badis badis (the blue one) a while ago. i never spawned them, but they were certainly an interesting fish to watch (and very pretty). they are truly very chameleon-like.

    i also could not get mine to take flake. but they did love their bloodworms and brine shrimp :)
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    epl4978 New Member 5 Year Member

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    wow thanks for the info thats another fish i would like to try now.
  9. Lisachromis

    Lisachromis Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Ok, I've got a few badis that I picked up a year ago and I still don't know which species I have. Can anyone here ID them?

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    mummymonkey Member 5 Year Member

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  11. Lisachromis

    Lisachromis Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Possibly, but I think it's a dwarf badis of some sort. They came in as wildcaughts. And they are still only 1" or so long (if that). They are in a tank with an adult male blue ram and they are dwarfed by that guy....
  12. mummymonkey

    mummymonkey Member 5 Year Member

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    If they're that wee then have a look at Dario dario.
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    tjudy Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I am getting some scarlet badis next week. [ita]Badis ruber[/ita]? Anyone know a website dedicated to these fish?
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    Cumb Dunt New Member 5 Year Member

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    Scarlet badis should be Dario dario.

    Lisa, I don't think your fish looks like anything from Dario. I would say that it is most likely a Badis badis badis (as opposed to Badis badis burmanicus). Are the unpaired fins bright, irridescent blue?

    http://www.g-hoener.de/images/11 Zwerbuntbarsch/Badis_badis_n_c.jpg

    That looks exactly like your fish's hindquarters to me :)

    (These fish have the coolest taxonomy, BTW, in ANY fish, IMHO :))
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    Zapisto New Member 5 Year Member

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    Lisa difficult to see with your pics.
    but i think Cumb Dunt is rigth
  16. Lisachromis

    Lisachromis Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I don't recall seeing bluish highlights in the unpaired fins, but I'll check the next time I see them 'fired up'. I seem to recall them being reddish. They tend to stay hidden and a plainish grey fish for the most part. My luck is I probably have only one sex!
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    Cumb Dunt New Member 5 Year Member

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    They could all be females.

    Females stay in the 1-1.5" range and are the same color as the males, albeit substantially subdued.
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    retro_gk Member 5 Year Member

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    A minor correction...

    Badids are no longer classified as Nandids, they are now in their own family, Badidae


    @Lisachromis, your fish looks like a female B. badis
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    Zapisto New Member 5 Year Member

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    You are So True
    My Mistake :)
  20. Lisachromis

    Lisachromis Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Figures, all the Badis I have look like that! Just my luck.