Animal Stories - Banded Archerfish

Animal-World Information about: Banded Archerfish

The Archer Fish is a fish renowned for its ability to “shoot” down its prey with a forceful stream of water, ...definitely one of Mother Nature’s wonders!
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oooooof - 2019-04-24
I have a comunatiy tank what should i have in it?

Ben - 2011-07-09
Archerfish can be kept in freshwater. In their native waters, Archerfish have been found in pure freshwater, miles from the brackish estuaries. If they die in a freshwater tank it is mainly because they are fed an improper diet and not because of the water. They cannot survive on flake alone and need insects in their diet.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    Thank you.
kye turnbull - 2013-05-13
im thinking of getting some of these, i love native fish of Australia, its my home country, and boy do i love it here!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    They are cool fish, they are one of the candidates we've been considering for a 125 gallon tank we have as well. You're in a good place, as Archerfish are bred in captivity in your country too.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-15
    It's good because I can catch my own fish from the wild, especially the ones that aren't in the aquarium trade! I wild caught my tandanus when it was about 5 cm long.
  • Anonymous - 2014-11-14
    where do live and where did you find them.
Jeff Jackson - 2014-10-17
Hi have a question anyone know depending on the size of your archer how many crickets or other bugs should they eat a day I'm afraid of over feeding 

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  • tiger oscar - 2014-11-10
    once a day. read more info at banded archerfish food and feeding. :)
Anonymous - 2011-12-27
I finally found a place that is not sold out of archer fish and I am thinking of getting some. I would like to breed them but I hear it has never been done before. Some people think it is because they go to saltwater to spawn, I think they would go to freshwater, so maybe I could get a brackish tank with a few of these and slowly change the water to slat and let it stay for a while then slowly change it back to brackish wait awhile, then slowly change it to fresh then slowly change it back to brackish then repeat every 2 months until it works. Will this work?

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  • Mike - 2014-02-08
    It might work.
  • Mike - 2014-02-08
    Don't do that it will make the fish get diseases very easily. You can try but I can't make sure it works.
  • Anonymous - 2014-10-17
    Now in Thailand can breed Toxotes chatareus
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-18
    They are  also bred in Australia by a commercial fish farm, Ausyfish Pty Ltd.
Bruce Sambell - 2007-07-25
Thought you might be intersted to know that archer fish have been bred in Australia by a commercial fish farm, Ausyfish Pty Ltd, that's me. They were spawned with hormone. About 10,000 eggs hatched. They were a variety which is strictly freshwater!
here is some information that may be of interest.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-06-06
    Thanks for the great information about archer fish captive breeding. Your facility is awesome, it is worth checking out your website at
John - 2011-01-29
Awesome fish, one of my favorite types. Most websites only focus on the fact that they spit water, but this site is way better.

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  • JASMINE - 2011-05-18
Devon Chew - 2006-03-13
This fish is really recommended to keep outdoors. I've been keeping a few for 1 year now. It was really hard to find this fish in pet stores. I bought about 3 of them. I didn't know their gender, so i named them Blast, Low, and Pen. They were doing great in my outdoor pond. My garden had a few leafs hanging over the pond, so it was quite common to see them shooting water or jumping for their preys. After 1 and a half months. Pen died from ammonia or some kind of disease. So i only have two now. These fishes are great fish to keep outdoors.

keelee.R.M - 2010-02-18
The tv showed this stuff on animal planet, these things have pretty good aiming. I go crawdaddy fishing and I don't even have good aim to stab 1 craw dad.

philip - 2007-06-05
While these fish are a joy to have outdoors, they are susceptable to many dangers if mixed with koi, which produce far too much ammonia. As well, the larger they grow the more they require brackish water. This is usually obtained when water is 1.010 (1 tablespoon aquarium salt to every 5 gallons water) I have found that a 35+ gallon tank(55 gallon) is a good "only" tank that is prepared using a crushed coral or sand substrate (dont bother with "live" sand, your salinity will be too low to keep it that way). They like warm conditions as well, 78-80 degrees F. preferred. The younger fish around 3 inches or less are more comfortable if they have Plants around the surface of the water. Mangroves (as they are their native habitat) are best, as well as Java Moss. Both these plants thrive in Brackish water, that excludes most common Aquarium live plants.

Fellow tank mates can include Figure 8 puffers, Knight Gobys, Mudskippers, Scats, Mollies, and fiddler crabs, as well as some other brackish friendly fish. Again, this is not a freshwater fish, so use caution if you tend to want a community of fish that are readily available from your local fish store. But by the same token, these fish are so entertaining and expressive and unique that building a tank around them is a true hobbyist adventure.