- Group: Brackish
- Size: Small
- Temperament: Non-aggressive
- Swimming Region(s): Surface
- Suitable Tank Mates: Mollies, Platys, Swordtails, Scats, Knight Gobies
- Difficulty Of Care: Daily care
Archerfish are one of the most fascinating species of brackish water aquarium fish. They get their names from their ability to hunt insects and other small land-based animals by shooting them down with powerful jets of water. Archerfish are incredibly accurate in their aim and can often hit prey up to 3 meters above the surface with one shot. Young archerfish often practice shooting down prey in schools so that their chances of hitting a target are greatly increased. Their aim and accuracy tend to get better as they grow older. Archerfish are also known to jump up out of the water to grab preys that are close within reach.
Archerfish are one of the most fascinating species of brackish water aquarium fish.
Archerfish originate from the brackish water environments of India, Philippines, Australia and Polynesia.
Archerfish are often silver and black in color and sometimes have yellow and gold markings.
Maintenance and care
Archerfish do best when kept in large shoals in fairly large aquariums. Although they can grow to up to 11 inches in length in the wild, they rarely grow larger than 4-5 inches in the home aquarium. Archerfish also prefer aquariums with plenty of hiding places and heavy plant growth. Aquarists should be mindful to select aquarium plants that do not crowd the surface of the aquarium because archerfish spend most of their time swimming near the surface. The archerfish aquarium should also have a fairly low water level so that there is plenty of open space to help encourage the archerfish’s natural hunting instincts.
Archerfish are generally peaceful and make excellent additions to most brackish water community aquariums. Large specimens can however sometimes prey on smaller tank mates.
Archerfish are carnivores. In the wild they feed almost exclusively on insects and other small animals that they shoot down. In the home aquarium archerfish can be trained to shoot down tiny insects placed between the water and glass lid of the aquarium. Archerfish can also be fed on live foods such as brine shrimp and blood worms and can also be trained to accept flake based foods.
Archerfish do best when kept in large shoals in fairly large aquariums.
Archerfish have not been successfully bred in aquariums.
Zebra Archerfish, Banded Archerfish, Largescale Archerfish, Smallscale Archerfish, Kimberly Archerfish, Primitive Archerfish, Western Archerfish.