The Badis, also known as the Dwarf Chameleon Fish, originates from India, and is one fish in which color changes are considerable. Predominantly brown with patterned black or red bars, males will change to a bluish-black pattern with iridescent blue showing in the dorsal, anal, and caudal fins during breeding times.
This fish will do well in an established planted aquarium with caves, rocks, and driftwood. The Badis is a territorial fish in a species tank, but is more peaceful in a community tank. Family groups are formed and are headed by the male.
Badis badis will breed in caves scattering the eggs which become attached to cave walls and the substrate. The male guards and defends the eggs, and, after about three days the fry hatch. The fry should be fed a diet of infusoria.
Carnivores, the Badis will consume live and frozen food, as well as freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, and small pieces of meat.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 1-1/4"