Blyth's Archerfish (Toxotes blythii)
The Blyth's Archerfish is a captivating species native to Myanmar and Thailand. Known for their impressive spitting ability to catch prey, Blyth's Archerfish make an intriguing and engaging addition to a home aquarium.
Blyth's Archerfish have a sleek, elongated body with a silver base color and four black vertical bands along their sides. Their dorsal fins are set towards the back and have a large, upturned mouth. Adult fish reaches a size of 4-5 inches.
These fish are intelligent, curious, and generally peaceful. They may show some territorial behavior in smaller tanks but generally get along with other fish when given enough space. Blyth's Archerfish are not schooling fish but do best in small groups.
Tank Habitat and Care:
Blyth's Archerfish require brackish water conditions, with a mix of fresh and saltwater. A minimum aquarium size of 40 gallons is recommended, with a larger community aquarium size of 60-80 gallons being ideal. They prefer the top swimming level and appreciate ample space and coverage. Provide plenty of plants, rocks, and driftwood to create hiding spots. Maintain a pH of 7.5-8.5, a hardness of 10-20 dGH, a temperature of 75-86°F (24-30°C), and recommended salinity of around 1.005-1.020 specific gravity.
Blyth's Archerfish are carnivores, primarily feeding on insects and small fish in the wild. In the aquarium, they can be fed a variety of live, frozen, or freeze-dried foods, such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and krill.
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