Tin Foil Barbs

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Tinfoil barb - Barbonymus schwanenfeldii

Scientific name: Barbonymus schwanenfeldii

Common name: Tinfoil barb

Family: Cyprinidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 32 - 36 cm (12.6 - 14.17 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.1

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 16°N (107.14 - 285.71ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South Asia

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Try to give Tinfoil barbs a varied diet. They will happily accept quality flake and pellets for the staple diet. For meaty foods offer them blood worms, white worms, chopped mussels and shrimp pellets.


Asia; Tinfoil barbs can be found in Indonesia, Malaya, Singapore and Thailand


There are no visible differences between the sexes.


Tinfoil barbs are typical egg scatterers. Because of the adult size of these fish it is virtually impossible to breed these in an ordinary aquarium.


The expected life span for Barbonymus schwanenfeldii is 8-10 years.

Short description

As mentioned above. Tinfoil barbs can grow very large up to 14 inches in length and this is often not realised when they are bought as juveniles. It is best to keep these in a group of at least 5 fish and they can co-exist quite peacefully with other large tank mates.Barbonymus schwanenfeldii will likely eat small species.