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PostPosted: 2006.08.01(Tue)21:11    Post subject: archerfish Reply with quote

Are there any experts on? archerfish they seem cool. I have no room for a 55 gallon highest I could probably go is a 40gal or w/e close not higher. So could I keep archers or no? Also if I can any info on how many I can keep how well it have to be planted? I know it has to be brackish.
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Josh Hansen

Joined: 20 Feb 2005
Location: Dayboro, Queensland, Australia

PostPosted: 2006.08.05(Sat)9:51    Post subject: Archer Fish Reply with quote

Archer fish are a great fish and I used to keep one. They are fine with plants. They eat insects and small fish. I have kept Archer fish with large rainbows and gudgeons. You can also keep them with monobats and eeltails. Archer fish are very flighty of shadows or sudden movements near the fish tank and will jump if you have no protective lids. Oh yeah they will spit water at you when they hungry. Archer fish do need deeper tanks and longer tanks. I have seen other aquarist keep 2 or more Archers with success although I did not try this myself.

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Location: Essex, England

PostPosted: 2006.08.06(Sun)10:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Archer fish are ideally suited to paladariums. Terrestrial plants can be grown above the water so that they overhang into the water which also gives insects(you release them into the tank) a platform to sit on. The archers can then attempt to shoot them down or catch them.
I think some types of archer fish can get quite big up to 20cm but I'm not 100% sure of the max size in aquariums. The most common form of archer fish sold is Toxotes jaculator. They like their water slightly warmer than most around 27-28 celcius. Keep similiar sized fishes together as bigger archers tend to pick or nip at smaller ones.
Yes, some archers live in brackish water but other types live in 100% fresh. Its important not to catergorise all archers fish under the same name as archer fish are found from India, into south Asia and even well into Australia and live in fresh, brackish and marine conditions(what I'm trying to say is don't assume all their water requirements are the same).
Theyre quite easy to feed and most will eat flake if can't get anything healthier. But as with all tropical fish try to feed them a variety of fresh, live and frozen foods.
The best bit about archers is their ability to spit water at their prey, but as I was saying earlier we cannot catergorise all archer fish as "those fish that spit". Toxotes chatareus for example, another archer fish does not spit at all instead preferring to catch its prey from the surface. To see the spitting behavior in Toxotes jaculator, keep a small jar filled with fly maggots(not too many, use your brain here) in the top half of your paladarium. The maggots pupate and transform into flies which the archers will try to shoot down. Simply keep the maggots stocked up and buy them from a specialist insect dealer or anywhere where you fell confident that the flies will be parasite-free. Be warned...they are not that accurate and can spit over a metre so make sure there is a top over your tank and if there isnt that theres no strip lighting units over the tank as water splashing onto hot lighting tubes don't make a good match.
I looked after several archers, the type I'm not sure of and they were a good interesting fish to keep. I've no idea about stocking because I looked after them at work in a 250gal quarantine tank so stocking wasnt the biggest problem. Good luck.
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Joined: 28 Jan 2007

PostPosted: 2007.01.28(Sun)23:38    Post subject: Arhcerfish Reply with quote

I have kept 1 Australian Archerfish for almost 6 months now and he's truly the coolest, most inetersting fish I've ever seen. I intelligently named him "Archie"... Smile I've kept him in my 6 foot planted community tank with 38 other tropical fish (including 12 Neons) of which I've not once seen him be aggressive towards another fish. He's more than happy swimming up and down the tank waiting for me to drop in a cricket or anything else he can eat. He's very peaceful. I've copped an eyeful of water a few times when tinkering with the filter or light for not paying him attention - How dare I come near the tank without food for him!
He thrived in my 6ft freshwater tank, in 25 degrees celcius for over 4 months and I've now moved him to a 4 ft tank in my office where he is happy with 2 dwarf gouramis, 2 angel fish and 2 clown loaches. When feeding him crickets he has great aim and shoots them straight out of my fingers with a spit of water. If I hold the insect a little lower he will jump straight out of the water grabbing it out of my hand with quite some force. Although he is smart enough to know when I'm bluffing him and won't spit or jump if there's nothing in my hands.
I recommend Archerfish to anyone with a tropical freshwater tank, keeping in mind the 'mouth' rule (anything that will fit in his mouth WILL be eaten). Archerfish are from the Amazon so plants are preferable, but not necessary.

- Mel -
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