African Butterfly Fish
Size: Approx. 2″
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Relatively Peaceful
Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy
Water Conditions: 75-86° F, KH 1-10, pH 6.5-7.1
Max. Size: 4″
Color Form: Silver, Brown
Origin: West Africa
Lifespan: 5 years or longer
Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner
Badis are a peaceful species, though best kept in a species only tank due to being territorial after spawning. Badis are particularly helpful at reducing snail populations should they pose an issue in a tank. They are a shy, tiny, tropical freshwater fish considered one of the more underrated species in the hobby, neglected despite their brilliant coloration, stripes, and unique personality reminiscent of dwarf cichlids that make them quite an interesting species to keep and watch.
Male Badis look a bit slimmer than females, and their pelvic fins also extend out further as they develop and mature than those of the female.
Males are also more colorful than females (which are without the red or blue colors on their flanks), making them the more popular sex for importation. The Badis come with seven bold stripes along their body.
Badis prefer the best of both worlds: well-planted tanks offering lots of hiding places and dark “secure” areas between rocks and wood, as well as open swimming areas to move around in. Using the water conditions above should render very healthy and vibrant Badis.
Badis accept all varieties of food from the staple quality flakes, to blood worms and white worms as treats.
Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallon Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Semi-aggressive Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 72-82° F, dGH 2 – 10, pH 6.5-7.8 Max Size: 14″ Color Form: Black, White, Yellow Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Not suitable for peaceful community tanks Origin: Farm Raised, Thailand Family: Cyprinidae Life Span: 8 – 10 years Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate