• Rose Badis (Dario kajal)
  • Rose Badis (Dario kajal)
  • Rose Badis (Dario kajal)
  • Rose Badis (Dario kajal)
  • Rose Badis (Dario kajal)

Rose Badis (Dario kajal)

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The very rare Rose Badis is a lovely little nano fish that can be a standout in the planted or nano aquarium!

The Rose Badis (Dario kajal), is a nano-sized member of the perch family indigenous to a very limited area in India. This rare fish is somewhat similar in appearance to the Scarlet Badis (Dario dario), but has more of a rosy pink coloration and black "eyeliner" markings on its face. Males are typically much more vibrantly colored than females. As the Rose Badis reaches maturity, males will often display even more intense coloration, especially when competing for the attention of females.

The Rose Badis is a micropredator requiring a diet of meaty foods. Many specimens will not accept dry flake and pellet foods, so live and frozen foods should be regularly offered. In nature, this fish eats various small worms, small crustaceans, insects and insect larvae. In the aquarium, cyclops, glassworms, enriched Artemia, and Daphnia will make an excellent staple diet. Bloodworms and Tubifex worms can be fed on occasion if no other appropriate foods are available, but should generally be avoided since they can lead to obesity problems and disease with badis species.

The aquarium of the Rose Badis should include plenty of plants, rockwork, and driftwood. Plenty of cover is necessary for this species and will ensure the most activity and least stress. During spawning, the male will guard the eggs and newly-hatched fry, but any adults should be removed thereafter if you want to avoid cannibalism of the fry by the parents. This species is a subtropical fish, and it will lose its coloration and become more prone to disease if it is kept in water that is too warm.

The Rose Badis will thrive in a planted aquarium with relatively mild to moderate water flow and is generally peaceful with other species of very peaceful fish. Though it is a micropredator, its small size makes it safe with virtually any fish or invertebrate that is too large to be considered prey. It can be housed with some invertebrates such as snails and larger shrimp, but it may eat the fry and juveniles of Caridina and Neocaridina shrimp of any other small invertebrates that will fit in its mouth. The Rose Badis is somewhat timid compared to more boisterous fish, so it is necessary to make sure that this badis is not outcompeted for food. It may hybridize with other Badis species, so care should be taken if keeping it with the Scarlet Badis (Dario dario).


What We Like About This Fish:

  • Beatiful rosy pink coloration with black facial markings
  • Peaceful disposition with most fish and peaceful invertebrates too large to be considered prey
  • Thrives in relatively cooler water than many tropical fish
  • Very active in middle and lower levels of the aquarium
  • Extremely rare in the aquarium hobby



  • Temperature:  61° - 75° F (16° - 24° C)
  • pH:  6.5 - 7.5
  • KH:  2 - 6 dKH
  • Minimum tank size:  15+ gallons for a group. Dominant males will bully other males in a small tank.



  • Diet:  Micropredator. Live and froen meaty foods, especially frozen foods such as cyclops, Daphnia and Artemia, Bloodworms and Tubifex worms should generally be avoided.  Dry foods will often be ignored, but some specimens may accept them eventually
  • Social behavior:  Mostly peaceful, loosely schooling/shoaling in small groups. Adult males can be territorial with other males. 
  • Origin:  Northern Myanmar
  • Average adult size:  .8 inch (2 cm)
  • Average purchase size:  .8 inch (2 cm)


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