- Scientific name: Badis badis
- Common name: Badis, Blue Perch, Dwarf Chameleon Fish
- Synonyms: Labrus badis, Badis buchanani
- Group: Cichlids
- Habitat: Asia; India
- Size: 8 cm.
- Biotope: In standing waters in India.
- Social behavior: A peaceful fish in the wild, it may become territorial in a species tank though not in a community aquarium. They form a patriarchal family.
- Diet: Carnivorous, only live food is taken. They are slow eaters, and take more than 2 minutes to eat a single bloodworm.
- Breeding: Quite easy
- Tank: Minimum 60 litres.
- Population: 1 pair for 75 litres
- Decoration: Prefers a densely-planted tank with a sandy bottom. Add an inverted pot for hiding and spawning. The species can accept a range of water values however, a periodical change of water is recommended.
- Temperature: 22-24°C
- pH: 6-8.
- Hardness: 3-16 NK°
- Lifespan: 3-5 years
Description: The mouth is small and the caudal fin in fan-shaped. Males have a brownish-red back with with raspberry to red to blue flanks. The flanks are marked with red, yellow, and/or blue spots. The lower parts are orange to green. A black stripe extends from the mouth, through the eye, to the base of the dorsal fin. The dorsal fin is reddish and marked with green or red horizontal stripes.The other fins vary from blue to red in color.
The male is more brilliantly colored with a concave ventral line. The ventral line on the female is convex. Breeding is easiest in a small aquarium. Suggest a water temperature of 26-30°C with an inverted pot or other place to hide. When spawning male embraces the female and 30-100 eggs are laid, generally in a cave. Amazing colorchanges can be observed in the male during this behaviour. The male guards them, and the fry hatch in three days. They are cared for until the egg sac is consumed. The parents should be removed when the fry are free-swimming. Feed the fry with small live food.
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