The Dario Derring-do The genus Dario is small in all respects, there are 5 recognized and 1 undescribed species and the largest reaches the stupendous size of 28mm SL. I think these little gems are fascinating little fish that would be great for anyone wanting to keep a small tank with something colorful and interesting. I am challenging myself, and welcome anyone who wants to take on the same challenge. The challenge- To breed every member of the genus. I did breed Dario dario (the scarlet badis) many years ago (kinda by accident). I had 2 extra fish appear in the tank almost as big as the adults. I am not counting that for this challenge- all have to by BAP-able. At this point I am not setting a time frame for completion because not all species are readily available at this time but I will put a loose timeline of 1 year from the time the last species is obtained. Right now I have two species- Dario dario (easy to find males, hard to find females, not sure I have any females yet) and Dario kajal “Jaintia Hills.” Jaintia Hills is the type locality for D. kajal so I am confident that this species designation will stay intact. Recent publication hint that there may be many fish in this genus yet to be discovered so this challenge might get more challenging as time goes on. As an added incentive, if anyone wants to join me, if they succeed in breeding all the species of Dario before I do, I will buy them dinner. For the record currently recognized species are- Dario dario Dario kajal Dario hysginon Dario dayingensis Dario urops Undescribed species in the hobby labeled –Dario sp. “Myanmar” Black Tiger If new species appear in the hobby or are described by science I will update as I find out. If anyone hears of something before I do please let me know and post here. I will try to post updates to this blog as my efforts progress (or regress) and add some informational posts as well.