The other common name, Chameleon Fish, refers to this fish’s ability to change color rapidly according to mood. Two basic color forms have been known for a long time in the wild, and they are usually regarded as separate subspecies: B. b. badis (Blue Dwarf), with bluish fins, and B. b. burmanicus (Burmese Badis/Chameleon Fish), a reddish form. More recently, a darker form: B. b. siamensis (Siamese Badis/Chameleon Fish) has begun appearing in the hobby. A less colorful, fourth Badis (probably B. b. assamensis) has also been recorded.
Other common name
- Chameleon Fish
- Badinae (classified as Badidae by some authors)
- B. b. badis found in India; B. b. burmanicus in Myanmar; B. b. siamensis in Phuket (Thailand); B. b. assamensis in Assam.
- Males up to 3in (8cm); females a little smaller.
- Generally peaceful, although males may become territorial.
- Wide range of foods accepted.
- Heavily planted, with sandy substratum and numerous shelters. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: 73-82 F (23-28 C).
- Eggs are usually laid in caves. Male guards eggs and also cares for the fry until they are free swimming. Hatching takes about 3 days.