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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Tinfoil barb

Picture of Tinfoil barbs
Common nameTinfoil barb
Scientific nameBarbonymus schwanenfeldii
SynonymsPuntius/Barbus/Barbodes schwanenfeldii (not valid)
SizeUp to 14" (35cm)
OriginAsia: Thailand, Malayan peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra.
Tank setupA large tank with plenty of swimming space and artificial or very robust plants.
CompatibilityNot aggressive, but may eat small fish.
Temperature22-25oC (72-77oF)
Water chemistryFairly soft, slightly acidic preferred (pH 6.5-7), especially for breeding
FeedingLargely herbivorous (will eat plants), but most foods accepted.
SexingNo obvious differences.
BreedingAn 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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