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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Gardnerk9 - 2011-03-10
We have 5 tinfoil barbs. They are great fish, and grow very quickly. We bought three 8 months ago, they went from 2 inch babies to 9 inch monsters, and are still growing. The other two we bought a month ago. They were 2 inches they have already grown an inch and a half! They live in a 125 gallon tank with Redline torpedo barbs, clown loaches, yoyo loaches, chinese algae eaters, featherfin catfish and a bala shark. We are looking for a larger tank!

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6@rmsfist - 2010-10-08
Not sure looks like a tinfoil barb its about 4 in reddish tipped bellyfins high clear dorsal fin egg shell white/yellow gold shimmery scales mustard yellow eyes & big bird yellow around eyes. Eyes bulge slightly was in a tank alone I was told it came in with shipment of tinfoils got it at independent (mom & pop) store. Please any help app?

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jacob - 2010-07-10
Can I put a red belly pacu in with a tinfoil and a clown knife?

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Harvey - 2010-03-12
I had a red tail barb for almost nine years, he was 8 inches long, and he died yesterday. Unfortunately I assumed it was old age, but two cichlids in the tank died shortly thereafter, one covered in what I think is anchor worms. It sort of hit the tank out of nowhere, the tank is in my dining room highly visible we are always looking at it. I am off to the fish store to try and buy some medicine, but nothing can replace the loss of a nine year old fish. ( PS his name was Gilbert) yes we name our fish.

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  • Jc - 2010-06-21
    Nine years, that's awesome! I am sorry your pal had to go.
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anna - 2010-05-17
How long do tinfoil barbs live for?

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Mike Fitz - 2008-09-16
I have had a tinfoil barb for about a year now, it all started as a one gallon tank for my son. This fish has been through a lot and he survived. So in light of that I decided to take this on as a hobby, I bought a tiger oscar and a 15 gallon tank. Everything was fine as soon as the oscar established dominance,lol. But heres my problem, recently I decided to add a sucker fish to help me maintain the tank. A day or two after introducing the sucker fish to the tank (I kept a close eye on the tank because of the nature of the oscar) I noticed that the tinfoil barb was badly beating and biting the sucker fish (which is bigger than him). I guess my question is what do I do? My email is emoneysboy@yahoo.com. If you have any info you might think to be helpful, I would be so grateful. thanks Mike

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  • Katie - 2010-03-05
    You need to upgrade to a larger tank. That is way too small of a tank for those fish. You need a minimum of a 48 gallon tank. This will give the fish room to continue growing and decrease the aggression. Depending on the type of "suckerfish" you have, you may need an even bigger tank than this (possibly up to 240 gallons for the largest of plecostomus).
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Laur - 2009-01-04
I bought my first barb fish last night. I bought one tinfoil barb. He seems to stick to the bottom of the aquarium and isn't as social as my other two (green tiger barb and tiger barb) fish. Should I be worried about him? I've been really protective over him since I noticed.

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  • Katie - 2010-03-05
    One, he is probably stressed. Two, he won't school with the other barbs as he will become a much larger barb at 14 inches! You should really get at least one other tiger barb and two more tinfoils. However, you will need a minimum of a 48 gallon tank for this amount of fish.
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zack - 2010-02-26
I've had my tinfoil barbs for at least 3 years... I have 2 of them. One of them is 8in. long. The other is 7in. They have always scraped up against the bottom of the tank... I always thought they were just dumb as a door nob... A week ago the smaller one started to swim straight up in one place. It has bloody gills, a chewed up lip, and some white stuff on its tail. The medicine to cure it would cost $40. 1 dose each day for 4 days.(we have a 75 gallon tank) I don't want to spend the money to cure it. I also don't want the disease to spread throughout the tank and kill the rest of the fish...(killing it is not an option!) Is there a cure for this that might cost less?

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  • Katie - 2010-03-05
    If you separate him into a smaller isolation tank, the medication will last longer and cost you less. But, no, there's not really anything else to treat fish illness than some type of fish medication. (*Some people just raise the temperature of their aquarium to treat Ich, but this doesn't sound like what you have.)
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Abi Sufian - 2009-02-01
I love to keep these cute little Tinfoil Barbs. I have 5 of them and I feed powder baby fish food. I mix them with Ghost Shrimp. Sometimes they try to eat one of the Ghost Shrimp but it's mouth is very small. I love to watch themto swimming around and I hope they grow and grow in adulthood.

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  • laura - 2010-02-18
    I feed my tin foil barbs mealworms. They will grow really big. I have 3, they are about 11 in. long, 5years old.
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sven - 2009-01-22
A lovely fish. Very entertaining and very mini-pacu like!

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