Animal Stories - Tinfoil Barb

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The adult Tinfoil Barb makes an impressive and beautiful display, but needs a very large aquarium!
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Anonymous - 2014-10-27
I have 8 tiger berbs,3 green barbs, 9 cherry barbs & 3 plecos i would like to add tinfoil barb to the group, can they cope??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-27
    The Tinfoil Barb is a shy fish. You didn't say what size tank you have, but these guys need to be kept in a group and in a very large tank... 225 is suggested for a school of 5. Given that, I would say stick with your smaller barbs unless you can accommodate these fish.
Bill - 2012-09-30
I have two yellow fin tin foils. I also have a 12' bala shark,12' pleco,2 blue garomies,3 danios,cory cat,pitca cat,flying fox cat,red tail shark, albino red tailed shark, south american cichlid. This is all in a 55 gallon tank, the black red tailed shark calmed my tin foils down the first week. This is a busy tank , but some of my fish are 9 years old.

Anonymous - 2012-09-19
Good comment John, 'Having a good enough filter to rid the Tinfoil Red Tail Barb waste. To add to this: I also do a water change every 2 weeks. I feed my fish 2 times a day, this keeps the Tinfoil Red Tail Barb full, which leads to less of a desire to pick on smaller fish . My two Tinfoil Red Tail Barb's are in a 40+ gallon tank with 1 black shark, 2 tiger barbs, 2 blue guami's, 1 gold guami, and an algea eater. All extremely satisfied living with each other.

Fish_Lova12 - 2008-10-19
I have had my Tin Foil Barb, Cosmo for a little over a month and it has grown really fast and bites my Spotted Silver dollar, but hes still alive. My Red Platy is dying, I think because of my tin foil barb. The red platy's tail is all messed up. I recommend this fish for a big tank like 30 or 40 gallons. Cosmo is fun to watch, especially when he eats. Sometimes he'll splash me. But, I'm gonna get rid of him this week. Any suggestions...

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  • Prabha - 2012-02-02
    Buddy I gave him at the the same pet store in which I bought him a year ago....He was 3 inches when I bought he is 8 inches. :) He killed every fish I kept with your surprise he even killed my oscar too....stupid fish....Get rid of him first otherwise your precious silver dollar will be dead....his way of attacking is way more better...first he will bite off other fishes eyes and then he will target fins...then the end
  • Paulm - 2012-08-04
    Tinfoils need to be in a group, otherwise they get insecure and aggressive. The same goes for tiger barbs. If you have three or more of them, they will stay busy with each other and not pick on the other fish.
mark - 2012-02-15
These fish are a shoaling species that should not be kept alone, they need to be kept in a group. Beware... these pictures do not show B. schwanenfeldi, they show B. altus

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-16
    Yes, like the Red-tailed Tinfoil Barb B. altus, the B. schwanenfeldii do like to school. The individual in the photo above was submitted by a photographer from Thailand. It is most likely a juvenile that's not yet developed the black shading, or possibly it's an albino or gold colorform. The picture toward the bottom of the page is a B. altus.

    If anyone has a picture of a specimen showing the normal adult colorform (shaded tail and dorsal fin and black lines on the upper and lower portions of the caldal fins), we would love to feature your photo here.
  • nishith - 2012-05-05
    How much time will the tin foil barb fish take to grow from 2 inches to 8 or10 inches?
  • Paulm - 2012-08-04
    We have had a group of 5 tinfoils that we purchased from Petsmart two years ago. They were under 2' when we bought them. They are currently about 4' long and seem to grow at a moderate pace. They are very social, very pretty, very healthy and get along with our bala sharks and tiger barbs just fine. The only time we have issues is when someone gets sick or injured....then they get beat up a bit... We really enjoy them, but make sure to size your tank for what they 'could' get to be!
Laura - 2006-03-12
These are great fish and very entertaining. but, they eat ALL of the food in the tank! So far I am down 2 fish b/c the barbs hog all the food.

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  • gighi - 2012-02-22
    They hog all the food because they're omnivores and they're growing ALL the time.
Jesse - 2012-04-05
I would like to know how to tell the sex of my 3 Tin foil barbs. Also someone stated that if someone had photos of tinfoil barbs showing their red fins and tail to post them but not sure how to post them here.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-06
    There are really no tell tale visual differences between the male and female. You will just have to wait and see what happens. To post just click and follow the directions
Christopher Stoute - 2011-08-29
I have had a hard time with Tinfoil Barb in the past couple of months. Every time I clean my tank they will die. I lost two the first time thought it was something that i had done so I did some research on cleaning the thank with the type of filter that I have. Just yesterday I clean the thank did not use any chemicals at all and lost my last three. Any comments on what happening or did anyone have this happen to them and what can I do. Thanks Chris

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  • james - 2011-10-19
    What I do with mine is I let the water evaperate on its own and when its 20 percent gone I fill it up with treated water and clean out the filter every time it needs to be cleaned. They are hardy but mine tend to stress during this time so don't put them under a lot of stress
    hope you have some better succes if you deside to get more
    sorry for your losses though
  • fish man - 2012-01-26
    It's the water it has to be almost the same temp as well as chlorine free. Get a bucket put a drop of prime everytime you fill it up. They are being stressed so put something in the way to catch the water so you wont have a big splash
monika - 2011-04-06
I also have what I believe is a red tail tin foil barb. it is now 5.5 inches in a 30 gallon tank. I got it when it was very small and had no idea how fast and how big they grew. When is the tank too small for this guy? i want him to be happy (although, he seems happy) anyone?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-09
    This species of fish can reach a size of 8 inches to a foot long. The best minimum aquarium size is 75 gallons. You could consider purchasing another aquarium, or re-homing your fish. Do understand, keeping the fish in a smaller aquarium could stunt your fish. A larger aquarium would make him/her happy!
  • John - 2011-10-09
    I'm no expert, but I think it's a matter of if your filter can cope with the waste which your fish produces. I used to lose fish when I used a small internal filter, but since buying a larger external filter have hardly lost any at all. Regularly changing some of the water in your tank is a must though.

john-O - 2010-09-21
I have a tin foil barb that's about 8 months old and has been doing great, I have it in with another 4 year old tin foil barb 4 gold fish 2 pocsamis and a turtle. The last few days the smaller tin foil is not swimming right (it swims in circles head up.) It's having trouble swimming straight. Should I take it out and put it in it's own tank or what should I do please help? The tank is about 100 gl. And I have great filtration any thoughts or solutions would be great. Thanks john-O.

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  • michael Thatcher - 2010-09-22
    You should take him out and put him in another tank.
  • Clifton - 2011-08-13
    I would put him in a tank by himself untill he looks better.