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Scarlet badis - Dario dario

Scarlet badis - Dario dario

Scientific name: Dario dario

Common name: Scarlet badis

Family: Cyprinidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 1 - 2 cm (0.39 - 0.79 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 15°N (142.86 - 267.86ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 80.6°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South Asia

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Scarlet Badis will not accept flake food or pellets initially; they may be weaned onto them eventually. They prefer live or frozen foods like blood worms, daphnia, mysis, and brine shrimp.


India; Scarlet badis are to be found in West Bengal.


Males are much more brightly coloured than the females, in fact the females can look very drab. Females will also be slightly smaller than the males.


Scarlet Badis are very difficult to breed. Water quality needs to be very high and add lots of plants to the tank. The addition of Java Moss will also be beneficial for the eggs to drop into. The male will display to the female and then they will wrap around each other. When spawning is complete, the female will be driven away and the male will guard the nest. A few days later the fry will hatch and should be fed on Infusoria initially.


The expected life span for Dario dario is 4-6 years.

Short description

Their tank should be heavily planted, add floating plants as well to provide shady areas. Hiding places should be added by using rock or wood and this also serves to provide entertainment for Dario dario as they love swimming through the gaps.


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