Affectionately named after its distinctive scissor-like tail fin, the Scissortail Rasbora or Rasbora Trilineata is a sleek freshwater fish often found zipping through the water. Popularized by its shimmery silver body that sparkles in aquarium settings and interesting tail movements, this fun Rasbora species is a great addition to community tanks. Scissortail are a naturally schooling species and should be kept in groups of six or more to keep them happy.
Sticking to the upper levels of the tank, the Scissortail Rasbora makes a lovely, shimmery addition to community tanks. A mischievous escape artist, these fast-moving species have been known to jump out of the water so ensure a tight lid is fitted to prevent any accidents. Due to their dynamic nature, Scissortail Rasboras are best paired with other fast-moving fish, bottom-dwellers and lively Tetras.
Due to its finicky care requirements, the Scissortail Rasbora is best suited to more
experienced owners. It does not fare well under sub-par water quality which can be tricky for beginners to master properly. Aside from water conditions, this silver Rasbora is generally easy to care for, living up to five years with proper care and attention.
Native to Cambodia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, Scissortail Rasbora enjoy well-planted areas with subdued lighting to mimic their natural habitat which is often shaded by the forest canopy overhead. It’s essential to priorities water quality as Rasbora are sensitive to changes, requiring ample space to swim and explore. Mimic a riverbed using Java moss, driftwood, rocks and sandy substrates.
Rasboras in their natural habitat feed primarily on insects. We feed a mix of live foods including live baby brine shrimp, blackworms, bloodworms, and Daphnia. We supplement their diet with Northfin Veggie, Community, and Bug Pro to ensure a balanced and nutritious diet.