I’m Away This Week!

Sorry folks, there’s no post for today. I’m away on a “professional enrichment” trip and am participating in a filmmaking workshop. I’ll be back on schedule for next Monday, so keep a look-out for my next post: “Aquarium Clean Up Crew”

See you then!

Blackworm – Species Profile

Two-Tailed Lumbriculus variegatus by Dvortygirl

Lumbriculus variegatus (aka Blackworm, California Blackworm) is a species of annelid worm used by aquarium keepers from far and wide as live fish food. The name Blackworm actually covers three species of nearly identical worms that were originally thought to be one species. It can be seen sticking out of the substrate, waving in the current. Two photoreceptors allow it to detect the presence of potential predators. Continue reading “Blackworm – Species Profile”

Scarlet Badis (Dario dario) – Species Profile

Dario dario, photo credit: Brent Stephenson.

Dario dario (aka Scarlet Badis, Scarlet Gem Badis) are one of my favorite species of freshwater fish. They are ideally suited to low-tech nano tanks. The males have a beautiful coloration and pattern, primarily red with blue vertical stripes. Submissive males can have drab colors, and females are shades of grey. They are a fascinating, shy little micropredator.

Care Level: Moderate (diet considerations)
Preferred Water: pH 6.5 to 7.0, soft to moderately hard water
Ideal Temperature: 65°F to 78°F (18°C – 26°C)
Maximum Size : 0.5″ to 0.7″ (1.3 cm to 1.8 cm)
Average Lifespan: 4 to 6 years Continue reading “Scarlet Badis (Dario dario) – Species Profile”