Video of an Archerfish in action.

Archerfish are a family/genus (Toxotidae/Toxotes) of fish that get their name because of a unique ability to accurately spit water at prey. These little archers can be found in brackish water habitats from Australia to India. As you can see in the video, their shooting skills are quite impressive. Their accuracy improves with practice, and they can hit insects almost 10 feet away. Unfortunately keeping these fish with cichlids can be difficult. The main issue being that Archerfish do best in brackish water while most cichlids do not. There are a few cichlids that also make their home in brackish water, but brackish is a general term, and it is not always the same. Some possible cichlid candidates include the Asian Etroplus species.


Toxotes jaculatrix​