Banded Archerfish (Toxotes jaculatrix)

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Banded Archerfish

Toxotes jaculatrix.jpg
Banded Archerfish

Toxotes jaculatrix

208 Litres (55 US G.)

20.3-30.5cm (8-12 ")


7.0 - 8.0

25-29.4°C (77 -85 °F)

12-25 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years



Additional names

Banded Archerfish

Additional scientific names

Sciaena jaculatrix

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to visually sex.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Primarily a surface feeder, but will occasionally occupy the middle of the tank as well. Only with other brackish or hard water species, such as Monodactylus and Scatophagus.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Although adaptable, the use insects and other invertebrates regularly in their diet is preferred.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed lightly every day, twice a day, or heavily every other day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Brackish water fish, SG 1.002 to 1.007, but can adapt to freshwater - however it is preferred if this condition is kept only temporarily. Lower the water level slightly as they can jump.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Rather active fish, becoming more so when in groups. Famous for their 'archery' abilities, where they shoot jets of water at insects above the water's surface.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Differ from other Toxotes by having their banding extending into their dorsal fin, with only vertical banding. May or may not have a yellowish tail.

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