Papuan Freshwater Sole (Brachirus selheimi)


A unique smaller species of the primarily marine-dwelling sole, the Papuan Freshwater Sole is native to the coastal waters of New Guinea and Northeastern Australia. It inhabits shallow streams and swamps with fine sand substrate, where they spend most of their time burrowed, waiting to ambush prey. In the aquarium, they are a relatively hardy species but typically require live small prey items, at least at first until they can be weaned onto frozen foods like bloodworms or mysis shrimp. They should be provided with fine sand substrate and any tankmates should be peaceful fish too large to be eaten.


Papuan Freshwater Sole (Brachirus selheimi)

Origin: Wild Indonesia
Locale: West Papua
Diet: Predator, feeds on insects, fish, and crustaceans in the wild. Will accept frozen foods but can be finicky at first.
Adult Size: 5″
Recommended Tank Size: 30 gallon+
Compatibility: Generally not aggressive towards tankmates too big to be considered a meal. Should not be kept with overly aggressive fish which may nip at their fins or that may outcompete them for food.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8  – 7.8
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm