Tinfoil Barb Tropical Fish Information

Barbonymus schwanenfeldii
Tinfoil Barb
Behaviour Active, peaceful, shoaling
Typical size 30cm
Max size 40cm
Tank Area Middle
Min Tank Size 240cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, pellets, frozen, live. Vegetable/plant matter is an important part of the diet.
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Tinfoil Barb Barbonymus schwanenfeldii
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  • Gold variant Tinfoil Barb Barbonymus schwanenfeldii - thumbnail
  • Adult Tinfoil Barb Barbonymus schwanenfeldii - thumbnail

Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii)

Tinfoil Barb Tropical Fish Learn all about the Tinfoil Barb's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Tinfoil Barb is the right fish for your aquarium.

Tinfoil Barbs are a highly attractive and some would even say 'cute' fish when young, but these fish will grow rapidly and soon reach up to 35cm. They therefore require an aquarium at least 150cm long, making them an unsuitable purchase for most fishkeepers. If you do have an aquarium of this size the Tinfoil Barb is an excellent active and peaceful community fish that can be kept with other large fish, including cichlids. Although like other large fish, the Tinfoil Barb will dig up and eat delicate plants, in some cases they may be kept with hardy plant varieties such as Java Fern, Crinum, or Anubias.

There are two species commonly sold as Tinfoil Barb. The true Tinfoil Barb, Barbonymus schwanenfeldi, can grow to about 16”. The Red Tailed Tinfoil Barb, B. altus only grows to 8

Tinfoil Barb Facts

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Barbus schwanefeldi, B. pentazona schwanefeldi, B. schwanenfeldii, B. schwanenfeldi, Puntius schwanfeldi, P. schwanenfeldii, P. schwanefeldi, Systomus schwanefeldi | Other names Goldfoil Barb, River Barb, Schwanefeld's Barb | Origin Southeast Asia; Mekong & Chao Phraya basins, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra & Borneo | Breeding Open water egg scatterer. Unlikely to breed in an aquarium | Natural Water Conditions pH 6.5-7, soft to medium | Natural Habitat Large to medium rivers, streams, canals, flooded areas.

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Please do check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the Tinfoil Barb information box above and your local water company providers website. Don't waste your money and endanger your fish!
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