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Tinfoil Barb

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Scientific name: Barbonymus schwanenfeldii

The basics:
The Tinfoil Barb is native to streams and rivers in much of southeast Asia, including Thailand and Malaysia. It is a popular schooling community aquarium fish and is active and considered quite peaceful, though they can each a large size of up to 14 inches in length.

Appearance:
The Tinfoil Barb's body is silvery or yellow gold. Pectoral, anal, and pelvic fins are red; caudal fin is red with black and white inner outlines; dorsal fin is red with a black upper outline.

Size:
0-14 inches

Temperament:
Tinfoil Barbs are active but generally peaceful. They grow large, and are therefore best kept in large tanks with equal-size tankmates, like Oscars and other large Cichlids. They are a schooling fish, preferring to swim in big groups. They are also voracious eaters and will consume small fish, insects, worms, algae and aquatic plants.

Housing:
The natural habitat of Tinfoil Barbs includes rushing rivers and streams. Therefore, they prefer large tanks with strong currents.

Temperature:
72.00-77.00 °F

pH:
6.50-7.00

Alkalinity:
150.000-200.000 mg/L

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