Species group: Barbs
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Scientific name: Barbonymus schwanenfeldii
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.
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.
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.
The natural habitat of Tinfoil Barbs includes rushing rivers and streams. Therefore, they prefer large tanks with strong currents.
active fish, Shiny Silver, beautiful fish, favorite schooling fish, shimmering sight
greedy eater, Buyer beware, semi aggressive behaviour, occasional chasing, tight fitting lid
long term investment, Red bright eyes
Stress reduction is key to fish health
Eliminating stressful conditions is required for all fish at all times. Dirty water, ammonia and nitrite will stress your fish. Fluctuating temperature and over-feeding will also reduce the fish's ability to naturally fish off disease problems. If your fish gets anchor worms, it will take all the strength the fish has to fight off the tissue damage. That's where prevention helps. It gives your fish a fighting chance while you treat the tank with an anti-parasitic medication..
From James 46 days ago