05-20-2012, 07:23 PM
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I have had this species for a couple years now, and it is true they are fussy eaters. I don't have live foods, but I found they will eat frozen bloodworms readily. Probably would frozen daphnia too, I can't get that here to try.
The suggestion about well planted is bang on. If the tank has lots of plants, and you leave the substrate alone, there will be a lot of microscopic plankton and such. I know my Scarlet Badis are living primarily on this, since I don't feed bloodworms often.
Putting in a couple of dried leaves, such as oak or beech, or almond leaves that you can buy in some fish stores, will promote infusoria.