• Scarlet Badis (Dario dario)

Scarlet Badis (Dario dario)

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The vibrant beauty of this tiny fish makes it the jewel in the crown of any aquarium set-up. We ship these fish out as a random mixed group of males and females.


Scarlet Badis are, in our humble opinion, one of the most underrated fish species of the aquarium hobby. Also known as Dario dario and Scarlet Gem Badis, these small fish are simply gorgeous. The males are mostly a ruby red in color with luminescent light blue stripes, and their large fins are similarly red with blue streaks and white-blue trim. The females are more plain in appearance, but are still very beautiful. They are silver in color with translucent fins, and some of them feature light orange stripes.

These fish hail from slow-moving streams in India, and their natural environment includes dense plants and algae and sand or gravel substrate. They are very small fish, never exceeding one inch in length. Scarlet Badis are related to other perch-like fish such as bettas, gouramis, and cichlids. They are shy yet fascinating to watch, and they are similar to dwarf cichlids in personality. Male Scarlet Badis will often dance for the females' attention, or even “face-off” against each other.

We sell these fish in a schools of six and twelve because they are known to do best in groups of six or more. Females are quite a rare find with this species, so our stock mostly consists of males. There is a chance that your order may include females, but we cannot guarantee the inclusion of females and we cannot take requests for females at this time.

Like most fish, Scarlet Badis do best in tanks that have live plants, rocks, or driftwood that provides them with cover. Though they are not considered ideal candidates for community tanks due to their shy nature, they are peaceful and can be kept successfully with other non-aggressive types of fish. Examples of fish that are known to get along with Scarlet Badis are gouramis, rasboras, and other small-sized tropical fish.

Scarlet Badis are slightly finicky eaters, and they are more likely to eat live or frozen foods at first, such as daphnia, mosquito larvae, blood worms and brine shrimp. They tend to accept fish flakes or pellets after they are comfortable in their environment, but that can take quite some time.

  • pH level range: 6.5 - 7.5
  • Temperature range: 73° - 80° F (23° - 27° C)
  • Water type: Medium hard to fairly hard
  • Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: Snails (such as Mystery Snails, Sulawesi Snails, Nerite Snails, etc.) and other non-aggressive fish.
  • Additional notes: Relatively easy to care for as long as water parameters remain stable. They prefer to live in tanks with live aquatic plants for cover (such as java moss, Anubias barteri, green cabomba, etc.).
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