Greater scissortail - Rasbora caudimaculata
Scientific name: Rasbora caudimaculata
Common name: Greater scissortail
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.
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.