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Toxotes blythii “Clouded Archerfish”
$125.00 – $479.00
It took some hunting down to find the Clouded Archer or Clouded Archerfish, Toxotes blythii. This rarely available species is purportedly entirely freshwater and stays smaller than some of its relatives. Learn more about these fish below:
A MiniWaters customer inspired me to pursue them and well, now they’re here! I’m keeping at least half of what arrived, so for now, I’m going to make a group of 4 available for purchase. More may be available by special order, so long as supplies remain available.
It took some hunting down to find the Clouded Archer or Clouded Archerfish, Toxotes blythii. This rarely available species is purportedly entirely freshwater and stays smaller than some of its relatives. Yet, there is also a fair amount of photography online that shows other species labeled as this, and on my first attempt to order this species, I received either T. chatareus or T. microlepis (the jury is still out, but leaning towards the latter).
The pricing on Clouded Archers is all over the map too. I’ll be blunt, these fish cost me more wholesale than the going retail rate from one online vendor here in the US, although that price is reportedly for much smaller fish. Still, I was in a bit of stickershock, but simply realized that this is a case where you have limited opportunities to acquire a species, so you either jump on it or not.
My understanding is that these are XXLG specimens; they came in at 5″ in length, so no doubt shipping costs were a huge factor. Archers definitely require their room in transit; I would ship these 4 to a standard fish styro. Yes…they’re that big and active.
Archers definitely fair better in groups where aggression is diffused among several individuals. I am keeping these with minimal salt in the water right now; 1 TBS Reef Crystals per gallon of tap water, although again, this species should simply only require harder water, and not brackish conditions. I found this group to mostly be eager feeders; Krill is a mainstay, as is Bloodworms and pretty much anything else that floats (even flakes). I have three fish I’m holding back that are taking longer to adjust to captivity; live crickets are the one feed that is unanimously consumed by all with great gusto!
Group of 4, Extra Large
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