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Armored Stickleback/Paradox fish

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Armored Stickleback/Paradox fish

« posted: 5 years ago »
At the moment, I only really have saltwater aquariums. However, I've always wanted freshwater pipefish, because there are so many neat varieties that are rather unusual. I rarely have time to think about freshwater tanks anymore, but I rediscovered my love of one very unusual fish, the Paradox Fish. Also known as the Armored Stickleback, Indostomus paradoxus got it's name because it was so unlike other fish. It was a paradox of itself.



The Paradox Fish is distantly related to seahorses and pipefish, though newer DNA evidence also suggests a connection to freshwater spiny eels. They are 3-4cm in length; they are really just tiny. They mostly only eat live foods, but that's okay, I always have some live food bubbling.

Anyway, I've always had it in the back of my head that I wanted to get some, but I found someone that is able to get them in. So one new project this summer is to get myself a small freshwater tank setup just for them, and who knows, maybe I'll get lucky and even be able to breed them.

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  • H. erectus, H. comes, H. kuda, H. zosterae, Doryrhamphus excisus, Bryx dunckeri, Corythoichthys flavofasciatus
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Re: Armored Stickleback/Paradox fish

« Reply #1 posted: 5 years ago »
they look like something   that blongs in my fresh water tank
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Re: Armored Stickleback/Paradox fish

« Reply #2 posted: 5 years ago »
Yup, it's a freshwater fish. It's the fish that's making me think that I might have to set up a freshwater tank. I'm trying to cut back on my tanks, but then I think about these guys and think how much I REALLY want them. We'll see. I have to shuffle a bunch of things around first before I even consider it.
  • H. erectus, H. comes, H. kuda, H. zosterae, Doryrhamphus excisus, Bryx dunckeri, Corythoichthys flavofasciatus
It's all about the snick!