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 Temperament:
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:
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
Tinfoil Barb Diseases:
None specific to species
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