Rare Badis available at Wildwoods
06 January 2007
A rare species of Badis currently known only as Badis sp.’buxar’ is available at Wildwoods based in Enfield, Middlesex. They were caught in the area of Buxar which is a town on the banks of the Ganges in Bihar state, N.E. India. south of Nepal. These fish are yet to be described and therefore do not yet have a scientific name. Generally speaking badis do not have any specific water requirements. They are cave spawning species and will fare well in a tank with plenty of caves and hiding places. It is generally thought that it is best to maintain a ratio of at least one male and two females. Badis vary in size with some of the smaller species averaging around 2 inches in size up to some of the large ones which can attain a size of around 4 inches. We do not know what size Badis sp.’buxar reach at maturity although they appear to be one of the larger species. Despite being relatively small in size Badis can be aggressive at times although this is more prevalent when they are in breeding condition. There is no reason why they cannot be kept in a community tank, but a species tank is generally preferable. One of the reasons for this is they are quite slow when it comes to eating and for this reason it is best not to keep them with fast moving species which will gobble everything up very quickly. They can be quite fussy eaters with a preference for live foods although they will readily accept frozen bloodworm, brineshrimp and glassworm. Getting Badis to take dry foods is very difficult.
Badis are very interesting fish to keep especially given they way they move around the tank with their capacity to stay still for long periods. They can also develop intense colouration which generally only happens as they mature. If you would like to find out more about these fish why not purchase some whilst they are still available at Wildwoods. This is the first time they have shown up on the TFF database and we expect them to sell quickly.
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