Scissortail Rasbora (Rasbora trilineata)
The Scissortail Rasbora, also known as the Three-lined Rasbora, is an elegant and active freshwater fish, known for its distinct scissor-like tail and striking appearance. Sporting a silver body with black stripes running along the sides and a forked, black-and-white tail.
These fish reach up to 3.5 inches in length. They are peaceful and social creatures, best kept in schools of at least 6 to encourage natural behavior and reduce stress. Scissortail Rasboras can share their habitat with various other rasbora species, forming harmonious communities. Most tetra species are compatible tankmates, as are danios, gouramis, and even larger fish like angelfish and discus. Additionally, bottom-dwelling species like corydoras and different catfish varieties can coexist peacefully with Scissortail Rasboras.
Scissortail Rasboras are omnivorous and should be fed a balanced diet consisting of high-quality flake food, supplemented with live and frozen foods such as daphnia, brine shrimp, and bloodworms.
These fish thrive in a well-planted aquarium with ample swimming space. A sandy or fine gravel substrate, along with driftwood and rocks, can provide hiding spots and mimic their natural habitat. Moderate water flow and stable water parameters are essential for their well-being.
A minimum tank size of 10 gallons is recommended, with larger tanks being preferred for bigger schools. The ideal water parameters for these fish include a pH of 6.0-7.5, a hardness of 2-12 dGH, and a temperature range of 72-79°F (22-26°C).
Additionally, a securely fitted lid is essential to prevent escape, as the Scissortail Rasbora, like most rasboras, is an adept jumper.
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