Scarlet Badis
Badis dario

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

Less than 2

Minimum Tank Size



Black, Blue, Red, White



Water Conditions

Slightly Acidic (6.5-7.5 pH), Soft Water Hardness (3-5 dKH)


General: The Scarlet Badis (Badis dario) naturally occupy slow-flowing, heavily-vegetated streams of South America. These river systems consist largely of wooded shorelines, offering plenty of protection to the rather skittish Scarlet Badis. It is often best to replicate this environment, within aquaria, in order to make Scarlet Badis comfortable. Otherwise, Scarlet Badis may become inactive in the presence of larger fish. Scarlet Badis typically are most active when small groups (three Badis per twenty gallons of water) are featured within the aquarium.

Fecundity: The Scarlet Badis (Badis dario) female may produce up to 100 eggs per clutch.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly Acidic (6.5-7.5 pH), Soft Water Hardness (3-5 dKH)

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): Brine Shrimp, Baby Brine Shrimp, Daphnia, Spirulina, Bloodworms, Blackworms, Tropical Flake

Dimorphism: The Scarlet Badis (Badis dario) male will develop an intense red coloration, once mature. The female will retain her tan coloration. Also, the female will take on a more gravid appearance when ready to reproduce.

Compatibility: The Scarlet Badis (Badis dario) are typically compatible with Danio, Tetra, Rasbora, Pencilfish, Corydoras, Hillstream Loach, and Kuhli Loach.