Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus Schwanenfeldii) Fish Species Profile
Tinfoil Barbs are highly attractive, peaceful, active community fish when young, but these fish will grow rapidly and soon reach up to 35cm. They, therefore, require a large aquarium making them unsuitable for the beginner aquarist and most fishkeepers.
The Tinfoil Barb sports a golden-silvery body and has a blood-red dorsal fin that displays a black blotch on the tip. The pelvic, anal and pectoral fins are also red with white edges. Along each section, you can see a dark black submarginal stripe. There are eight scale rows based between the dorsal-fin and the lateral line.
|Scientific Name||Barbonymus Schwanenfeldii|
|Other Names||Goldfoil Barb, River Barb, Schwanefeld's Barb|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Intermediate - Advanced|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Lifespan||8 - 10 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 35 cm|
|Temperature||75 - 80 ℉ (23.9 - 26.7 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||5 - 15|
The Tinfoil barb is indigenous to Mekong and Chao Phraya basins, Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia, Southeast Asia.
They inhabit streams and large rivers as well as ditches and human-made canals. Tinfoil Barbs can also enter flooded fields.
Tinfoil Barbs will accept most types of food, so give them a varied diet of pellets, flakes, algae wafers, frozen and freeze-dried foods. They will also consume your live plants and any smaller fish if given the opportunity.