Tinfoil Barb

Other Tinfoil Barb Names: Tinfoil Barb, Red Tinfoil Barb

Tinfoil Barb Scientific Name: Barbodes schwanenfeldii, Barbus schwanenfeldii, Puntius schwanefeldi, Puntius schwanenfeldii, Systomus schwanefeldi

Tinfoil Barb (Barbodes schwanenfeldii))

Temperature Range: 72°F-82°F
pH Range: 6.4-7.6
Hardness Range: 5-15°

Family: Cyprinidae

Species Type: Cyprinids

Tinfoil Barb Adult Size: 14 inches (cm)

Tinfoil Barb Life Expectancy: 18 years

Tinfoil Barb Habitat: Asian rivers

Tinfoil Barb Minimum Tank Size: 800 gallons

Tinfoil Barb Temperament: Generally peacful but may eat smaller fish.

Tinfoil Barb Diet & Nutrition: Herbivorous - Does well with flake or pellet food supplimented with fresh vegetables.

Tinfoil Barb Description: The tinfoil barb is a silver scaled fish of the Cyprinidae family. Red fins are common with mature individuals. Although tinfoil barbs are commonly sold to home aquarists, they are absolutely not suited for most home aquariums. Tinfoil barbs grow to enormous sizes and do well with a school of at least 10 individuals. Because of this, a large tank of 800+ gallons is what would be required to keep these fish. The tinfoil barb also requires heavy feeding so excess filtration is required to keep water quality within acceptable parameters.

Tinfoil barbs are very fast swimmers and one of the concerns with them is that they will run into the sides of the aquarium. Placing aquarium plants at the ends of the tank can help the tinfoil barbs avoid crashing into the glass.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other large community fish

Tinfoil Barb Breeding & Spawning: Due to the size requirements for this species, breeding is not practical in home aquariums.

Determining Tinfoil Barb Sex: Not able to be determined visually

Aquarium Region: Middle

Tinfoil Barb Diseases: None specific to species

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