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.
Gouramis, along with some of their close relatives, such as the Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens) and the Combtail (Belontia signata), have been strong favorites within the hobby for the best part of 100 years. For example, the Dwarf Gourami (Colisa Mia) was first imported into Europe in 1903, while the Paradise Fish (Macropodus opercularis) […]
[Ebook] Encyclopedia of Aquarium & Pond Fish – Directory of Freshwater Fish – Anabantoids – Bushfish
A narrow, yellowish body and markings similar to those of a dead leaf characterize this unusuallooking species. The aquarium must include dense vegetation, among which the fish can hide.
Remarkably few European native fishes are kept by aquarists and yet some meet all the criteria of a good aquarium fish, that is, small size, pretty colours, and interesting behaviour. The sticklebacks meet all these criteria in full and yet are very rarely even thought of when choosing aquarium fishes.