Archerfish Tropical Fish Information

Toxotes sp.
Behaviour Peaceful, shoaling
Typical size 20cm
Max size 25cm
Tank Area Top
Min Tank Size 150cm
Min Number in Tank 4
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 30℃
Feeding Flake when young, frozen, live, pellet foods
pH Range pH 7.5-8.5
Hardness m,h,vh
Banded Archerfish Toxotes jaculatrix
  • Banded Archerfish Toxotes jaculatrix - thumbnail
  • Banded Archerfish Toxotes jaculatrix - thumbnail

Archerfish (Toxotes sp.)

Archerfish Tropical Fish Learn all about the Archerfish's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Archerfish is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Archerfish is well known for its unique ability to fire jets of water above the surface in order to knock insects of overhanging branches. Its aim is so accurate that it is able to hit targets within a few cm up to 150cm above the water! In the aquarium, with regular feeding, the fish rarely shows this natural behaviour. Archerfish are relatively peaceful fish that are well suited to a brackish water community although they will grow to a significant size, requiring an aquarium of 120cm or more. Provide plenty of open swimming space and mix with other large, robust, brackish fish. Although Archerfish are best kept in groups, any significantly smaller members may be bullied.

Archerfish Facts

Family Toxotidae (Archerfishes) | Synonyms Sciaena jaculatrix, Labrus jaculatrix, Toxotes jaculator | Other names Archerfish, Banded Archerfish | Origin Asia, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia | Natural Water Conditions pH 7.5-8.5, brackish | Natural Habitat Freshwater, brackish and occasionally reef environments, mainly found in mangrove areas

Archerfish Help and Advice

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You are in the thinkfish community creator for the Archerfish fish species, you can learn all about how the tool works in assessing fish tank mate compatibility at the link provided or use the tool tips provided to guide you. Create a test fish community that includes the Archerfish species and any other types of fish or crustacean you'd like to introduce - You can assess the best companions, tank size suitability, stocking levels based on filter type and volume and possible negative interactions and warnings as you build up your aquarium.

Please do check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the Archerfish information box above and your local water company providers website. Don't waste your money and endanger your fish!
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