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The Archer Fish (Toxotes spp.) is a fascinating and unique species known for its remarkable hunting technique of shooting down insects with a precise stream of water. Here is some detailed information about this captivating fish:


Average Size: Typically grows to around 4-7 inches (10-18 cm) in length, depending on the species.


Lifespan: Can live up to 5-8 years with proper care.



Known for its elongated body, silvery scales, and distinct black markings. Possesses specialized mouthparts adapted for spitting water to catch prey. Highly intelligent and curious, often interacting with their environment and tankmates.



Native to brackish and freshwater habitats in Southeast Asia, Australia, and parts of Africa.



Generally peaceful but can be aggressive towards smaller tankmates. Active swimmers that require ample space and open swimming areas.


Tank Size:

Requires a tank of at least 30 gallons for smaller species, larger tanks for larger species.


Care Level:

Moderate. Requires pristine water conditions and a varied diet to thrive.



Carnivorous. Feeds primarily on insects in the wild but can be trained to accept a variety of live, frozen, and prepared foods in captivity.


Water Parameters:

pH: 6.5-7.5 Temperature: 72-82°F (22-28°C) Hardness: 5-20 dGH



Provide a well-aerated tank with plenty of surface area for swimming and hunting. Offer a varied diet to mimic their natural prey items and maintain their health. Be cautious when selecting tankmates to ensure compatibility with the Archer Fish's hunting behavior.


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values or specific care requirements, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

Archer fish

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