Banded Archerfish (Toxotes Jaculatrix)

Banded Archerfish (Toxotes Jaculatrix)-Best Fish Guide

Banded Archerfish (Toxotes Jaculatrix)

Banded Archerfish (Toxotes Jaculatrix)

A food fish that is rarely seen at its full size in captivity, the Banded Archerfish is the most commonly available archer.

They are popular not because of their color, pattern, or breeding behavior. Instead, the banded archerfish and its relatives are sought after because of their interesting feeding method.

They are famously known for being able to target an insect on branches above the water, instinctually account for the water refraction, and project a stream of water through their mouth like a missile that strikes the insect and sends it toppling into the water where it is quickly devoured.

As interesting as this is to watch, be sure that you know about what these fish need before you buy one for your tank because all archerfish are wild caught.

Tank Setup

The first thing you need is a big enough tank. Ultimately, if the archer is able to reach its full size, a tank as large as 500 liters/ 130 gallons is needed. But it is rare that they attain the length of their wild brethren so smaller tanks are possible for some time as long as you are aware that you may need to upgrade.

Next, the banded archer is a brackish water fish. While very young ones may live temporarily in pure freshwater, you cannot keep them alive for long in that environment. There are other species of archers that are freshwater, but this is not one of them. Finally, although fine with other common brackish fish like scats and monos, adults are aggressive with each other, especially over food. Juveniles can be kept in groups, but adults should be kept singly or in groups of 4 or more to spread out aggression.

Habitat:

Give them brackish water with a pH of 7.5 to 8. Ideally, there should be emergent plants or a land area of the tank in which terrarium plants grow, allowing their leaves to extend over the water. The water surface should be as still as possible.

Breeding:

Has not been accomplished in captivity. It is theorized that the Banded Archers migrate to the ocean to spawn.– A food fish that is rarely seen at its full size in captivity, the Banded Archerfish is the most commonly available archer. They are popular not because of their color, pattern, or breeding behavior. Instead, the banded archerfish and its relatives are sought after because of their interesting feeding method. They are famously known for being able to target an insect on branches above the water, instinctually account for the water refraction, and project a stream of water through their mouth like a missile that strikes the insect and sends it toppling into the water where it is quickly devoured. As interesting as this is to watch, be sure that you know about what these fish need before you buy one for your tank because all archerfish are wild caught.

Origin:

All across Asia; from India to the Philippines and South Australia and New Guinea.

Size:

to 30cm/ 12 inches

Temperature:

25-30°C/ 77-86°F

Diet:

Terrestrial insects like crickets, dragonflies, houseflies, moths, etc. They will also eat most food floating on the surface as well as bloodworms.

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