The blue perch is a classic among aquarium fish and has been in the hobby for over 100 years. The maximum length of the peaceful animal is 5 cm. Males in courtship display are almost black with sometimes blue shimmering fins, in neutral colouring the animals are reddish brown with vertical black bandages (which can also vanish completely); any colouring between these two extremes is possible depending on the mood, which is why this species is also called chameleon fish.
Badis badis are undemanding as far as water values are concerned. They can be maintained well at room temperature, i.e. without additional heating. The temperature may lie in the range between 18 and 30°C, the fish are very adaptable in this respect. However, they live much longer at lower and fluctuating temperatures.
Plants are not damaged by blue perch and other fish are usually ignored. Only very small ons could be considered as food.
All species of Badis avoid dry food, but are easy to feed with frozen or live food.
For our customers: the animals have code 368003 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer