Has Anyone Kept Paradox Fish?

Discussion in 'Oddball Fish' started by arvind2205, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. arvind2205Valued MemberMember

    I saw this at my local aquarium store and was stunned. They had only two for sale and the guy said he hadn't seen them since he'd got them as they were so elusive. There are really few articles around them (I found one on seriouslyfish) but no one seems to have any experience keeping them. They are actually thinner than the chili rasboras and super duper tiny, adult size around 1 inch.

    Anyone have any clue how to keep them successfully? Thanks!

    Scientific name:
    Indostomus paradoxus
    Armoured Stickleback

    Found this video that has a really nice close up:

    Last edited: Jul 31, 2017
  2. guppiesandpuppiesValued MemberMember

    They're beautiful, but no, I've never kept them or even heard of them.
  3. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    I've never seen any, though I have long been aware of their existence. Very touchy and delicate from what I'm told. Perhaps @NavigatorBlack has tried them; he likes weird fish as much as I do.
  4. NavigatorBlackFishlore VIPMember

    That thing is weird! I have never seen one.

    Now is your chance to become the source of learning for others who may want to know about that one in the future. That is seriously cool.
  5. arvind2205Valued MemberMember

    Thanks all for your replies. I will do some research on them, they really are quite spectacular. Oddball fish, if you will :)
  6. Redshark1Well Known MemberMember

    Great vids. I think I saw them at a local LFS but there were a lot of them.
  7. PiaelliottWell Known MemberMember


    Hi, I looked for info on German websites for you. I guess with Google translate you can read it.
    Apparently they are almost impossible to tell apart from I. Crocodilus.

    Apparently they only accept tiny live food and breed frequently, very elusive.

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