So named because of their shiny
appearance the tinfoil barb is an eye catching species. It has metallic skin
underneath it's small scales that reflect flashes of light as the fish flits
around the tank. Its fins are bright red with some black eccents.
This fish grows very large over it's 8 year lifespan. Individuals have grown to
35 cm in length which surprises many who are more familiar with smaller barbs.
They are often purchased without knowing the full potential for a tinfoil barb's
Feeding Tinfoil Barbs
These fish are not picky eater
when it comes to their diet. Wild tinfoil barbs mainly eat plants but also feed
on small worms, insects and crustaceans. In the aquarium lots of green food such
as spirulina algae and blanched vegetables should be offered along with tropical
flake and the occasional frozen or live foods.
Tinfoil Barb Care
These are tropical fish that
require a heater in most places. Temperature is best kept in the range of 22 to
25 degrees though some are found above this temperature in the wild. Water
should be mildly acid with a medium level of hardness in the 10 dH range.
Tinfoil Barbs In Community
These fish do not like to be
kept alone. A school of tinfoil barbs needs to be kept to let the individuals
feel at ease with their surroundings. Other fish can also live with tinfoil
barbs if they are of a similar size. Smaller fish may be predated on by this
species. Larger fish should always be peaceful to keep and reccomended for
Profile Of The Tinfoil Barb
Family - Cyprinidae
Can grow to a massive 35 cm
Fish Origin - Asian - Thailand,
Water - PH 6.5 to 7 and able to be kept in hard
Temperature - Tinfoil barb temperature should be 22 - 25
- Omnivore that eats mainly plants in the wild
Sexing - Not
obvious with regard to sex differences.
Breeding - Egg layer
- Provide a large tank to meet their potential size
Video Of Some Medium Sized Tinfoil Barbs
Tinfoil Barb Breeding
Tinfoil barbs are not an easy
fish to reproduce. They require very large enclosures such as public aquariums
or outdoor pools. For this reason very little is known about it's breeding. They
do produce 1000's of eggs and would be expected to be an egg scatterer like