Paradox Fish (Indostomus paradoxus)


The Paradox fish or Armored Stickleback is a bizarre dwarf member of the order Gasterosteiformes  (a group which includes sticklebacks, seahorses, and other unusual fish) known only from freshwater drainages throughout Myanmar. In the wild, it tends to inhabit relatively shallow, warm, slow moving waters, often in areas of dense vegetation.This species is a dedicated micropredator, which hunts tiny invertebrates in its native habitat. In the aquarium, it should be offered a variety of small live foods although they will sometimes accept small frozen foods like Daphnia or baby brine. Due to their diet and relatively shy nature, this unusual fish is best kept in a species tank or with other very peaceful, similarly slow moving tankmates.

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Paradox Fish (Indostomus paradoxus)

Origin: Wild Myanmar
Locale: Irawaddy River Basin
Diet: Micropredator, feeding on tiny invertebrates in the wild
Adult Size: 1.25″
Recommended Tank Size: 15 gallons+

Preferred Water Parameters
pH: 6.5 – 7.5
Temp: 76 – 80F
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: <30ppm

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