The tinfoil barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii) is a tropical Southeast Asian freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae. This species was originally described as . Barbus schwanenfeldii Bleeker, ; Systomus schwanefeldi (Bleeker, ); Barbonymus: from the generic name Barbus, to which members of this genus. Abstract. Tinfoil barb, Barbonymus schwanenfeldii is a commercially important freshwater fish, which is found in the sub-tropical and the tropical.

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They are not often bred in captivity for the aquarium trade due to their large size. It is usually marketed fresh.

Barbonymus schwanenfeldii, Tinfoil barb : fisheries, aquaculture, aquarium, bait

The body shape and swimming style of the Tinfoil Barb is indicative of the flowing waters of their natural river habitat. It also feeds on small fishes, worms, and crustaceans.

Retrieved 15 December The fish move into inundated riparian areas and forests during these wetter months to feed and spawn, returning to the rivers as the water begins to recede.

Retrieved from ” https: Occurs in medium to large-sized rivers and enters flooded fields Ref. Usually marketed fresh Ref. Large individuals silvery or golden yellow in life with its dorsal fin red and caudal fin orange or blood-red Ref. They tend to become more easily frightened and aggressive when not kept in groups. You will be rewarded with a much more natural-looking display plus interesting behaviour from the fish as they interact with conspecifics.


As with most river species, the Tinfoil Barb is accustomed to a high turnover in water volume which generally means that organic buildup is kept low. It is the genus’ type speciesand indeed seems to represent a quite distinct lineage of large ” barbs “.

Tinfoil barb – Wikipedia

Found in rivers, streams, canals and ditches Ref. Periplus Editions, Hong Kong. An additional powerhead is also recommended in order to create plenty of water flow within the aquarium.

You must be logged in to post a comment. This page was last edited on 16 Barbbonymusat This species was originally described as Barbus schwanenfeldii barbonyjus Pieter Bleeker inand has also been placed in the genera Barbodes and Puntius.

Tinfoil barb

These have been selectively-bred for the trade and have slightly gaudier colours than the wild fish thus increasing their sales potential. Tinfoil Barb can cause problems when trying to schwanenfelii more shy species, as they feed very aggressively and will try to schsanenfeldii as much food as possible as quickly as possible.

The tinfoil barb is commercially important in the aquarium hobby trade, as well as commercial aquaculture, subsistence farming, and occasionally as bait.

This section is written like a manual or guidebook. Tinfoil Barbs are easy to feed since they will consume a wide variety of meaty schwaennfeldii plant based foods.

Care should be taken when keeping this species with smaller fish species as they will consume fish small enough to fit in their mouth, which as an adult of approximately 14 inches can become quite large. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong.


Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii)

Example of an ornamental leucistic form with enlarged, reflective scales on the flanks. The tinfoil barb is a schooling species that prefers to be placed with a number of its own species. Estimates of some properties based on models Phylogenetic diversity index Ref.

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Largely herbivorous, consuming aquatic macrophytes and submerged land plants, as well as filamentous algae and occasionally insects Ref. Please help rewrite this section from a descriptive, neutral point of viewand remove advice or instruction.

Barbus schwanenfeldii Bleeker, ; Systomus schwanefeldi Bleeker, ; Barbus schwanefeldi var. Also feeds on small fishes Ref. Hobbyists should keep Tinfoil Barb in groups of at least 4 or more individuals in aquariums large enough to support a group of adult fish.

Mature females are usually deeper-bodied than males especially when gravid.