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Archer Fish
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Archer Fish (Toxotes jaculatrix)

Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 68-82° F, KH 9-19, pH 7.0-8.0
Max. Size 1'
Origin Asia
Family Toxotidae
Minimum Tank Size 125 gallons
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The Archer Fish is also known as the Banded Archer Fish and comes from small rivers and streams across Asia. It has a triangular shaped body that is primarily silver in color. Many elongated spots adorn the side of these fish, as well as black and yellow markings on the dorsal and anal fins. These fish have the remarkable ability to spit water at insects above the water, with amazing accuracy. Even more remarkable is the ability to compensate for the visual distortion that the water's surface causes. It is reported that these fish can spit at a target as far as 5 feet away!

The ideal set up for Archer Fish is an aquarium of at least 100 gallons with a tight fitting canopy, as these fish are jumpers. Provide plenty of plants that do not encroach the surface giving them plenty of swimming room at the top of the aquarium. Also, it is ideal to keep the water level of the aquarium a few inches below the top giving them room to practice their hunting. These fish prosper in either fresh or brackish water.

Little success has been had with breeding these species in captivity.

Feed the Archer Fish a variety of meaty items including; live insects, mealworms, and freeze dried plankton. Supplement these meaty items with dried seaweed fed at the surface using a lettuce clip.

Ideal tank mates include: Puffers, Scats, Monos, other Archers, and other Brackish water fish.

Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 3"

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