Joined: Jun 14, 2011 Posts: 347 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:48 pm Post subject: Re: Badis Badis.
Tabby, the photo that you have shared is interesting. Mine look bluish in color. And the alpha male looks a splendid blue with dark blue/black stripes when its in a flaring mode.
Deepak, like all females, badis females lack color. They are mostly greyish. They have stripes, but its not as explict and clear as the males. And they're smaller than the males.
Frankly, I don't how to breed them. I didn't get to know that they bred until I saw the fries. Even now, I see the male going into seclusion for prolonged periods of time, not coming out to eat, guaarding the nest etc. But no more fries :O
I think you can do the following:
1) Provide plenty of caves and other such places (the eggs are guarded by males and they drive off the female as well. So its single parenting. But even then, the male will not take too long a care).
2) Reduce competition. Do not have too many males, if the tank is smaller.
3) Reduce their timidness. Move them to a species only tank. Fast moving fishes might scare them off.
4) Check which site/ nest the male is guarding. Take that pot out to see if there are eggs. Just like in any other case, you'll maximize your chances of fries surviving if they are moved to a separate tank.
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