Butterfly Peacock Bass
Size: Approx. 8-10″
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately Difficult
Water Conditions: 75-81° F, pH 6.5-7.5
Max. Size: 30″
Color Form: Black, yellow
Compatibility: Very aggressive
Lifespan: 8-10 years
Aquarist Experience Level: Moderately Difficult
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.