Golden Freshwater Archerfish (Toxotes blythii)

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Golden Freshwater Archerfish

Golden Freshwater Archerfish

Toxotes blythii

208 Litres (55 US G.)

12.7-15.2cm (5-6 ")




6.5 - 7.5

25-27.8°C (77 -82 °F)

5-15 °d

1:2 M:F

5-8 years



Additional names

Golden Freshwater Archerfish, Clouded Archerfish


Difficult to visually sex.

Tank compatibility[edit]

These fish are best kept in groups, pairs may argue with one another, a group of at least 6 or more is ideal. They will eat smaller fish, so only keep peaceful but robust fish of similar size with these fish, at least 2/3rds the size and ideally mid-bottom dwelling to keep out of the Archer's way.


Will accept most meaty foods, in the wild they get their name for shooting water at insects in the trees above for them to hit the water and become dinner. In aquariums they accept most meaty foods including bloodworm, brine shrimp and prefer slow-sinking foods.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

These fish require a lot of surface area so long and wide tanks are ideal with depth being less important. A secure lid and dim lighting is also preferred. They need excellent filtration as they can be messy and prefer high oxygenation which can be done with bubble walls and powerheads. Tall bits of décor such as bogwood provide refuges for these fish. Unlike the well known brackish Archers, these ones are true freshwater fish.


These are primarily top-dwelling predatory fish.


Typical Archer in shape, this Archer has a silver-green body with darker brown-black irregular blotches, including in the dorsal and anal fins. The caudal fin is clear except a dark band at the caudal peduncle. There is a vertical dark band through the eye. Could be mistaken for several other Archer species in stores.


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