The Tinfoil Barb originates from southeast Asia. It is known by the
scientific names Barbus schwanefeldi, Barbonymus schwanenfeldii and Puntius
schwanenfeldii. The Tinfoil Barb has silver plated scales, producing
color variations reminiscent of tinfoil. The dorsal fin is often red with
a black tip. Other fins are often red as well. The forking of
the tail fin increases their speed.
The Tinfoil needs a tank
of at least 50 gallons because of its size. The tank can be decorated, but
mature Tinfoils donít require any plant cover. They do enjoy eating
plants, though. Tinfoils are mild tempered and do not match the aggressive
profile of most barbs. They are an excellent community fish, but they will
eat smaller fish. Their speed allows them to avoid aggressive tank mates and their skittish
qualities can lead them to jump out of the tank. Tinfoils are a schooling fish
and should be kept in groups of 6 or
more. Feeding should consist of flake foods, pellets, tubifex, vegetable matter, brine
shrimp and small fish.
Tinfoils are often suggested as a dither fish used to reduce aggression among
cichlids. Their speed continually brings them near cichlids, who chase
them away. The cichlids concentrate on the Tinfoils and stop fighting
among themselves. Consideration should be given to the plight of the
Tinfoil in this situation, as it may be a very unpleasant life style for them.
||22 - 25 C; 72 - 77 F
||6.5 - 7.0
||35 cm; 14 inches
Bala Shark, Barbs, Clown Loaches, Danios, larger
Gouramis, Oscars, Plecos, Rainbows, Rainbow Sharks, Silver
Dither fish for New World cichlids.