Freshwater Small-Scaled Archerfish (Toxotes microlepis)


One of a very few species of pure freshwater archer, the Small Scale or Microlepis Archerfish is found in freshwater habitat throughout South and Central Thailand. They are a bold and outgoing surface-dwelling species that is best kept with other similar-sized fish. They can be aggressive towards each other if kept in small numbers but larger groups (5 or more) tend to coexist peacefully. Like all archers, they are surface feeders renowned for their ability to spit water at quite a distance to stun their insect prey.


Freshwater Small-Scaled Archerfish (Toxotes microlepis)

Origin: Wild Southeast Asia
Locale: Chaopraya River
Diet: Predator and insectivore, generally prefers floating foods.
Adult Size: 5.5″
Recommended Tank Size: 40 gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful towards similar sized fish, may eat smaller tankmates. Can be aggressive towards conspecifics unless kept in a group of 5 or more.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm