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


Difficult to visually sex.

Tank compatibility[edit]

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.


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

Feeding regime[edit]

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

Environment specifics[edit]

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.


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.


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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