Small-Scaled Archer (Toxotes microlepis)

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Small-Scaled Archer

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Small-Scaled Archer

Toxotes microlepis

114 Litres (30 US G.)

15.2-20.3cm (6-8 ")




7.0 - 7.5

21.1-26.7°C (70 -80 °F)

5-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Small-Scaled Archer, Smallscale Archer, Freshwater Archerfish

Origin[edit | edit source]

Found in the Mekong and Chao Phraya basins, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

These fish are not possible to visually sex.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Requires a meaty diet and should readily accept things such as wingless fruit flies, mealworms, bloodworm and small shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Requires a spacious tank with a secure lid and floating plants as they do not like bright lights.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful fish that hides in vegetation waiting to shoot down prey.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Often confused with Toxotes jaculatrix, or Toxotes chatareus.

Species Notes[edit | edit source]

It was once rare in the trade (probably as bycatch), but it's becoming more available.

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