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Archer fish
Archer fish

Scientific Name: Toxotes jaculator

Origin: Asia and Oceania

Family: Toxotidae

Other Names: Banded Archer Fish

Technical Info

Temperature: 26 - 30 ℃

pH: 7.3 - 7.8

GH: 10 - 14

Max size: 15 cm

Min Tank size: 200 Ltr

Position in Aqua: Top swimmer



Archer Fishes are famed for their ability to shoot down insects and small creatures resting on foliage or mangrove roots. In fact, Toxotes means "bowman" or "archer". Their flattened body presents a narrow profile from above, so they can sneak up on their prey. The bold black-and-white markings camouflage them in the sundappled water under mangrove vegetation



Bloodworms, flakes, ants (see comments below).



It is believed that only the juveniles are found in brackish water while the adults are more solitary and swim out to the coral reefs to breed. 20,000-150,000 eggs are laid. Only a few reach maturity in 1-2 years. Young fish have iridescent yellow patches on their upper body between the dark bands, which perhaps helps them to school together in the muddy waters. As they get older, patches disappear and the black bands get shorter and eventually only seen on the uppermost part of the body.


Compatible with

Archers belong in brackish water, a fact that is often overlooked. Their preferred environment consists of warm brackish water, which limits tank mates to other brackish fish. Possible tankmates include other Archers, Scats, Monos, Knight Gobies, and Puffers.