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Tinfoil barb
Tinfoil barb

Scientific Name: Barbonymus schwanenfeldii

Origin: Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo

Family: Cyprinidae

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Technical Info

Temperature: 24 - 26 ℃

pH: 6.5 - 7

GH: 5 - 8

Max size: 40 cm

Min Tank size: 400 Ltr

Position in Aqua: No special swimming level



Lively schooling fish that needs a lot of free swimming space. The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background. He likes to dig in the substrate, a sandy substrate is necessary and the plants should be anchored very well. They are only suited for a large aquarium.



They are omnivorous. You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.



This species has not been bred in the aquarium yet.


Compatible with

Bala Shark, Bosemani Rainbow, Cherry Barb, Clown Loach, Convict Cichlid, Dwarf Neon Rainbow, Featherfin Squeaker, Firemouth Cichlid, GloFish, Green Terror, Jack Dempsey, Kissing Gourami, Kribensis, Kuhli Loach, Leopard Pleco L114, Oscar Cichlid, Pearl Gourami, Peppermint Pleco L030, Pleco (Common), Rainbow Shark, Red Tailed Shark, Rosy Barb, Salvini Cichlid, Severum, Silver Arowana, Silver Dollar, Sunshine Pleco L014, Texas Cichlid, Three Spot Gourami, Tiger Barb, Upsidedown Catfish, Zebra Danio



The Tunfoil Barb does best in a long aquarium, well-planted on the sides and back with plenty of open room in the center for swimming. Because they may root around in the substrate, use only fine-grade or rounded gravel.