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Tinfoil barb

Picture of Tinfoil barbs Picture of Tinfoil barb

Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
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Common name:Tinfoil barb
Scientific name:Barbonymus schwanenfeldii
Synonyms:Puntius schwanenfeldii, Barbus schwanenfeldii, Barbodes schwanenfeldii (not valid)
Size:Up to 14" (35cm).
Origin:Asia: Thailand, Malayan peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra.
Tank setup:A large tank (5-6ft/122-152cm required eventually) with plenty of swimming space and artificial or very robust plants.
Compatibility:Not aggressive, but may eat small fish.
Temperature:22-25oC (72-77oF)
Water chemistry:Fairly soft, slightly acidic preferred (pH 6.5-7), especially for breeding.
Feeding:Largely herbivorous (will eat plants), but most foods accepted.
Sexing:No obvious differences.
Breeding:An egg scatterer. No reports of aquarium breeding, though the species has been bred commercially.
Comments: This is a very large barb, which grows quickly from the juvenile size often seen for sale. They are suitable companions for other non-aggressive fish in large display aquaria. A similar species, Barbonymus altus, which is also sold as the Tinfoil barb, lacks the black lines in the caudal (tail) fin.



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