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|Common name:||Archerfish, Large-Scaled Archerfish|
|Scientific name:||Toxotes chatareus|
|Size:||Up to 16" (40cm), but usually somewhat smaller.|
|Origin:||India and Southeast Asia to Australia.|
|Tank setup:||Larger aquarium, with plants or roots going down into or out from the water.
Ideally, use a deep tank part-filled, with a tight-fitting lid, to provide a space above the water where insects can be introduced.|
|Compatibility:||Fairly peaceful with similar sized fish.|
|Water chemistry:||Fairly hard, neutral to alkaline (pH 7.0-8.5). Often sold in freshwater when young, but they
should be transferred to brackish water (around 1.005 - 1.010 sg) for their long term health.|
|Feeding:||Carnivorous: an inectivore which feeds from the surface. Most aquarium foods eaten, include a variety of frozen/live foods.|
|Breeding:||Captive breeding of Archerfish is rare. Spawning takes place near the surface and a large number of floating eggs are laid.|
The archerfish are known for their ability to shoot down insects with a jet of water. They can be aggressive with their own kind,
so it is advisable to keep either a single specimen, or a small group of similar sized individuals, to spread out any aggression.
This species may be confused with other similar archerfish such as Toxotes jaculatrix (Common/Banded Archerfish), Toxotes microlepis (Small-scaled Archerfish)
and Toxotes oligolepis (Western Archerfish). It can be differentiated from the common Archer (T. jaculatrix) by the presence of five dorsal spines (as opposed to four).