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Greater scissortail - Rasbora caudimaculata

Greater scissortail - Rasbora caudimaculata

Scientific name: Rasbora caudimaculata

Common name: Greater scissortail

Family: Cyprinidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 14 - 17 cm (5.51 - 6.69 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 6.8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 9 - 17°N (160.71 - 303.57ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 20 - 26 °C (68 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South Asia

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Greater scissortails are definitely not fussy eaters; they will greedily accept anything offered to them. Quality flake or pellets should be given, treats of blood worm, brine shrimp, daphnia and tubifex will also be readily taken.


Asia; Greater scissortails are to be found in Malaysia and Indonesia.


Females tend to have a plumper body shape; males have a yellow coloration to their anal fin.


As of yet there are no reported cases of Greater scissortails breeding in the aquarium.


The expected life span for Rasbora caudimaculata is 8-10 years.

Short description

As these Rasboras can grow up to 6 inches, it is best suited in a larger community tank. They should be kept in small groups as they are a shoaling fish. Add plants to the tank and a tight fitting lid as these fish are very good jumpers. Even with their large size, like all Rasboras, Rasbora caudimaculata are classed as a peaceful species.


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