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We usually have Archer Fish for sale that you can raise up to look like the one just above.
     
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Archer Fish at AquariumFish.net
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Archer Fish at AquariumFish.net

 
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Pictures: 5" Archer Fish, above, and a 2.5" Archer below.

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Archers Fish are absolutely amazing!! You see, an archer Fish has this magic trick, using its mouth as a squirt gun to shoot down insects!

There are several closely related species of Archers, and they all have this same magic trick.
 
Maximum size:  12" long

 
Scientific name: Toxotes jaculator
 

 
       

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Pictures: click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
   
Archers Fish are absolutely amazing!! You see, an archer Fish has this magic trick, using its mouth as a squirt gun to shoot down insects!
 
There are several closely related species of Archers, and they all have this same magic trick.
 
Maximum size: at least 6" long
 
Scientific name: Toxotes blythii

 
 
       

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Comments: These are Premium Pet Fish, and we never see Premium Fish like these in any of the live fish stores that we visit.

Premium Pet Fish are more energetic, hardier, and have brighter colors with a beautiful metallic sheen.

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Origin: These are wild fish that we imported from Asia.

Maximum Size: is given in the table above for each species. Some can grow to be as big as 12" long, which is very large for most home aquariums.

So if you get one and take very good care of it with excellent water and premium foods, and it will almost surely outgrow your aquarium, then you'll need a much larger aquarium.

Behaviors: This is a very active swimmer that can be somewhat aggressive to their own kind, but they get along with most most other species of fish.

Their mouths may become oversized, and you will need to be sure all tank mates are too large to be swallowed.

Archer Fish have a unique way of hunting for food as well, they shoot drops of water out of their mouths, above the water level, at insects.

This makes the insect fall into the water, allowing the Archer Fish to gobble them up. These are some really cool fish!

Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include, Mono Sebae and Argenteus, Scats, and Columbian Sharks. Click here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.

Temperature: Archer Fish can live pretty well from about 70 to 80-degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable at about 75 to 78-degrees F.

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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes when small and Premium Pellet Food when larger.

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Water Conditions: Archer Fish seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions. Probably a pH of about 7.8 with high hardness is best.

Most water in the US seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water. Some say these fish need aquarium salt of about 1-Tablespoon per gallon.

Here in our facilities the water is hard, the pH is usually about 7.8, and we add some aquarium salt to their water. We ship them in this water.

Click here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.

Aquarium Size: When young and less than 3" long, it's probably best to house one Archer in at least a 30-gallon tank, but bigger is better.

If you have several, they'll need a proportionately larger aquarium. The largest Arches will eventually need a much bigger aquarium with 100, 150, 200, 300-gallons, and eventually even bigger.

Decor: Archer Fish do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.

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Live Plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, and Archer Fish also hide in the foliage for protection and for hunting. But most aquarium plants usually do not do well in salted water, so plastic plants are often seen in aquariums with Archers.

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Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. One or two Penguin 350B Filters is the right size for a 50 or 60-gallon aquarium.

As Archer Fish grow, they'll need to live in a bigger aquarium with as many Penguin 350B filters as will fit along the back edge of their aquarium.

Really big aquariums with 350 or more gallons of water will need a larger filtering system. Click here to learn more about aquarium filters.

The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.

Life Span: Archer Fish live for many years with excellent water and premium food.

Gender: It's not easy to tell the males from the females, when they're young and sometimes even as they mature.

As females mature, they often fill with eggs and become plumper, which may be a clue to their gender.

Breeding: There are reports about observations of this fish breeding in the wild, but no such reports about them breeding in aquariums.

Some say the adults spawn in ocean waters. But others say the adult Archers swim up into freshwater rivers to spawn.

Later some of the young Archers are caught as they swim back down stream toward the ocean, and end up in aquariums throughout most of the world.

Popularity: In spite of the comments above about their eventual size, Archer Fish have been popular for many years.

We like to tell our customers what we know about each type of fish, and then let each customer decide which fish to buy as pets.

Variations: There are variations in the pattern of the dark markings on this species of Archer Fish, and such variations are to be expected in a fish that occurs across such a wide area.

There are also a few other species of Archer Fish that are rather similar to this species and are often sold as this species.

Click here for a lot more information about keeping and caring for Archer Fish, including a picture gallery.

We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.

DrT - 01/22/2015

   
    This video was shot through the glass of an aquarium, and you can see the side of this Archer Fish.
 
  This video was taken looking down through the surface of the water. Click here for more about buying Archers from us.
 
  Here is a relaxed Archer Fish that has a very pretty pattern of dark and light areas on its body.
 
  Here is an energetic Archer Fish. This video was taken looking down through the surface of the water.
 
Scientific Name
Toxotes jaculatrix

This is the commonest Archer Fish in the aquarium hobby and is often called Toxotes jaculator, but apparently that name is currently incorrect.

Click here for a list of all the valid species of Archer Fish in the Toxotes genus.

There are now six valid species of Archer Fish. We usually have the fish we know as Toxotes jaculatrix.

The fish shown just below is probably a different species of Archer Fish.

   
Archer Fish at AquariumFish.net, an online retail store and brackish water fish dealer, where you can shop online for Archer Fish is fun.   This picture shows an old Archer about 5" long that may not be the common Archer Fish, Toxotes jaculator, but a similar species.

This Archer was living in a large aquarium with other large Archer Fish, when this picture was taken.

 
Archer Fish at AquariumFish.net. Click on the picture to see a bigger picture. Here is a large Archer Fish about 5 to 6 inches long. Click here or on the picture to see a larger picture of this fish.
 

Customer Comments

 
The scientific name of the 5" Old Archer Fish on your website is toxotes chatareus, or Papua New Guinea Archer. It can be kept with most rainbowfish, especially boesmani rainbowfish. The rainbowfish can tolerate 5 grams of aquarium salt, but marine salt is much better.
 
Kathryn L.
 
 
Reply. Hello Kathryn. Thank you for your email comments. When you say "5 grams of aquarium salt", do you mean 5 grams per liter? In our facility we find that aquarium salt works better for us than marine salts.

Possibly because the marine salts increase the pH of our water, but the aquarium salt does not increase the pH. Click here for more information about our opinion.

 

Their Magic Trick
Archer Fish are brackish water fish that can adapt to living in either freshwater or saltwater, but they live best in water with about 1-Tablespoon of aquarium salt in each five gallons of aquarium water.

In their natural habitat Archer Fish are often seen swimming just under the water's surface, shooting drops of water from their mouths to knock insects down onto the water's surface, where they can be eaten.

Archer Fish will often perform this magic trick in an aquarium, if insects are above the water. Click here for more information about how they do it.

 
Behavior
Archer Fish are hardy, energetic, and not too aggressive, but like most fish they will swallow fish that fit into their mouths.
 

Compatibility
Archer Fish enjoy each other company and live best in a group with at least 3 Archer Fish. Good tank mates for Archers are Scats, Monos, Silver Needle Noses, Puffers, White Tip Shark Catfish, and the Fan Dancer Goby.

Click here for more about buying brackish water fish from us.
 
Click here to read about several groups of compatible fish.

 

Appropriate Home
Eventually a large aquarium with at least 50-gallons of water, an exterior power filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4-inch of gravel, an aquarium heater adjusted to keep the water between 78 and 82-degrees F., and at least 1-Tablespoon of aquarium salt per each 5-gallons of aquarium water.

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Recommended Diet
Feed Archers freeze dried blood worms, freeze dried shrimp and krill, which are available in most stores that sell pet fish, plus some Live Black Worms, Ghost Shrimp, and small fish such as guppies.

The best food for Archers is insects, such as crickets, floating on the water's surface.

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Size and Lifespan
Archer Fish will live about 6 to 10 years and grow to 5", sometimes with exceptionally good care they grow a little bigger and live longer.

 
 
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