Banded Archerfish

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Toxotes jaculatrix - (Pallas, 1767)
Banded Archerfish

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The Banded Archerfish requires brackish water and special care and feeding.


The Archerfishes are interesting, but primarily brackish water species that require a special setup and diet to thrive and are thus not suited for the average tropical community aquarium, where they tend to do poorly and waste away.

Family: Toxotidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

  • Oceania
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Vanuatu
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Australia

Habitat: Mangrove swamps with brackish water and overhanging vegetation. This species is justifiably respected for its ability to shoot beads of water up to 1.5 meters (60 in) to hit insects and drop them into the water where it grabs them immediately. They will also leap out of the water to grab prey from overhanging branches. An aquarium with a tall canopy is required.

Maximum length: 30 cm (12 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 285 L (75 gal)

Water: Brackish 25 °C (77 °F) - 30 °C (86 °F)

General swimming level: Top.


Omnivore. Meaty foods, including live feeder crickets, and tender floating aquatic plants.

Aquarium Compatibility

May do best when kept in small groups of 3-5. Many pursue and eat smaller fishes.

Special Care

Not recommended for the average home aquarium.


Not bred in captivity. There are reports that adults may move out into full saltwater and spawn in reef areas.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: JJ
Text credit: KW