Greater Scissortail (Rasbora caudimaculata)

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Greater Scissortail

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Greater Scissortail

Rasbora caudimaculata


114 Litres (30 US G.)

12.7-15.2cm (5-6 ")




6.0 - 7.0

293.15 K
68 °F
527.67 °R
299.15 K
78.8 °F
538.47 °R
20 -26 °C (68-78.8°F)

5-10 °d

1:2 M:F


8-10 years

Additional names

Greater Scissortail, Red Scissortail



Males are more slender than females with more yellow colouration in the anal fin.

Tank compatibility

This fish should be kept in shoals of 5 or more. They do well in a medium-sized peaceful community set up, but should not be kept with very shy fish or long-finned fish, nor with very small fish or fry.


They will accept most foods including pellet and flake and live/frozen food such as bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

These fish must have a tank with secure lid as they are known to jump if startled. They do best in a planted tank with equal amounts of hiding places and open swimming space, and soft acidic water is preferred.


An active and fast-swimming shoaling fish.


An elongate fish with similar body shape to other larger Rasboras. Body relatively colourless but highly iridescent and a thin yellow horizontal line down the lateral line, and the scale margins are highlighted by reticulated melanin pattern. The caudal fin is red with black tips to each caudal lobe.


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