Scientific name: Dario Dario
Difficulty Level: Easy
These little gems are so fun to watch being the smallest species we have at the Inn, with the males growing to be less than an inch in length and the females only half an inch. In an established well planted tank with stable water parameters. They do not do well in fluctuating levels. In a well planted tank they need lots of places to explore as mature males will compete for the attention of his chosen and they need their space as to prevent tank fights. This otherwise peaceful species will be a great addition to your nano tank.
PH 6.5 - 8.5
KH 10 - 15
TDS 200 - 400
These Dwarf brilliant colored Gems are very shy, naturally feeding on small crustaceans, micro worms, insect larvae and zooplankton. Here at the Inn we alternate between brine shrimp, daphnia and small white worms. We have omitted blood worms and tubifex from their diet as they can develop many health issues from them. We alternate various live food options for them. Giving them a ever changing diet is incredibly important. They are very shy so make sure if you put them with others in a community tank that their meals arrive to them
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We guarantee our fish will arrive alive to you. If one should not the cost of the fish will be refunded to you. Please send us a picture of the unopened bag within two hours of scheduled delivery. We can not guarantee live arrival if a mishap with the shipper occurs. We can not refund shipping, we can refund or replace the loss after pictures are sent and approved.
Once you receive your Scarlet Gem Badis, please take a picture of them in their bag to send to us. We would like to hear from you after you receive them. After you open the bag, acclimate them slowly in a container adding small amount of your tank water to the container every few minutes for two hours. You can do this with an air line hose and valve or just by adding small amounts at a time. Slow and steady changes will be better for them. Once you are confident they have settled in, move them into their new tank. They will lose some color during transport, so be patient and they will color up in their new home. Your home!
We feed them twice a day alternating between their food options. We use inert substrate (sand) of various colors. We use sponge filters in all their tanks. They enjoy caves and caverns made of rocks which we rearrange every water change. This gives them a new sense of adventure every week. The males color up handsomely with 7 vertical stripes. The females are a bit less colorful. They prefer to be in a tank on their own with lots of lush plants to hide in, they are are egg scatterers in caves and on the substrate. We provide for her medium size rocks, as to sift the sand and make a home and also give her hiding caves. Dad will watch over their eggs as will wiggle after three days. Once the fry are free swimming, walters worms and vinegar eels are provided for them. As they get bigger so do their meals. These are so fun to watch. Enjoy!