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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Doug Worth - 2006-08-04
All I can say is that i have a 6ft by 2ft tank with 40 tinfoils in it and its awesome!! I put a really strong air pump in it and they swim in the air current like a school in tight formation. At night with a strong blue or white light and its tranquil heaven. I stare for hours. They like the freeze dried blood worms. Throw it in the tank and they fight and tear it up like a bunch of paranas. Only other fish you can put in with them are fish that are small enough to swim away fast (rummynose or black neons) or of equal or greater aggression. Fish with long fins and forget it. I had a telescope goldfish in there, at first when they were smaller it was no problem but when they got bigger they got more aggressive and constantly went to eat the tail. If you want bigger tinfoils feed them chilid pelets..they eat anything! Also I spared no expense in the filtration system and products to handle more than what the tank and fish can dish out, but it wasnt much. Good luck!!

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Phyllis - 2006-06-13
We have a tin foil barb, an oscar, a pleco, and a crawfish. The craw fish hides a lot but the rest get along very well. At first the oscar bullied the barb but somehow he showed hmself to be a worthy equal. They all eat flake, bloodworms and occasionally live fish.

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Bryan Ooi - 2006-05-09
I got one golden variety of tinfoil bard. When first i had no interest in this fish until I met the gold variety. It seem very peaceful and doesnt eat up my zebra danios or bullying my pleco. Its beautiful and shining under the light. A++

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Josh - 2006-04-14
i have a fully grown parrot cichlid & 2 smaller tin foil barbs (recently introduced to the tank). They seem to be bullying my parrot cichlid (he's lingering in the corner, etc...)-I'm considering doing something after a little experimentation but beware to all you parrot cichlid owners

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Marc - 2006-03-12
I have two tinfoil barbs and I cannot remember how old they are. They are at least 20 years old and about 10 inches long. I feed them flake food and they are fine with that. They share the tank with a plecostamos and seem fine with that.

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Matt 2006-03-09 - 2006-03-09
I have 2 tinfoil barbs, one that I've probably had for about a year or more and the other I recently bought a month or two ago. When I first started with them, I bought two of them at 2-3 inches. One died from a mouth fungus and the other recovered. Right now, one is about 6-7 inches and the newer one is about 4 inches. They are doing great together in a 75 gallon tank. I'm afraid to put another in there because I would have to get a bigger tank. I also have a 3-4 inch Rainbow Shark who hasen't really grown much and a small clown Plecostomus that hides alot underneath the driftwood. Its kinda hard to feed him with the 2 tinfoil barbs eating all the food. Usually, I try to feed the tinfoil barbs a variety of foods like carnivore pellets, frozen krill, and recently, I started giving them frozen silversides. I may also put some cooked lettuce or other vegetables since thats considered good for them. I'm very happy with how well they are doing and I hope they will continue to do well for many years.

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Robert - 2006-01-12
I have one Red tail Tinfoil Barb. He is the best. I am getting a 90 US gal tank this month because he is getting so big for the 20 US gal tank we now have. I have a Red tail Tinfoil Barb , Angel fish , 2 kissing fish , 2 pleco , Rope fish , Laetacara Dorsigera dwarf Cichlid , They all get along! The TFB will nudge a little at the angel fish but harmless. These fish are for anyone who is going to upgrade to a bigger tank. Like Toney the Tiger said,"THERE GRRReat!" Ps. They do love live plants.

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TIM HOLT - 2005-10-15
I HAVE TWO RED TAIL TINFOIL BARBS THAT ARE ALMOST 21 YEARS OLD, YES 21 YEARS. THEY STARTED OUT AS SIX, BUT THERE ARE ONLY TWO LEFT AND ARE ABOUT 10" LONG. I RECENTLY PURCHASED A 85 GALLON TANK AND ASSUME THEY WILL GET BIGGER. I FEED THEM FLAKE FOOD AND THEY SEEM TO BE HAPPY WITH THAT. I HAD INHERITED THEM FROM MY MOTHER WHO GOT TIRED OF TENDING TO THEM AND THAT WAS ALL SHE EVER FED THEM, SO I DIDN'T WANT TO CHANGE THEIR ROUTINE AND HAVE BEEN DOING GREAT... WHAT A GREAT FISH!

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greigliddle - 2005-09-24
tinfoil barbs are most definitely the best aquarium kept fish. i have a shoal of ten, the largest being a massive 15 inches, with 4 gold tinfoils and 2 huge silver dollars and some large plecs in my 12 foot tank. the best food to feed them is koi carp pond pellets, it is are really cheap and really brings brings out the colour, also bloodworms and liver.

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Diane - 2005-09-22
Our 13" Tin Foil Barb just passed away last night. We got it when it was about 2" long more than 10 years ago. I didn't realize they could live so long. We kept it in a 135 gallon fish tank with four other Tin Foils and two Plecasemas. All but one of the original Tin Foils are gone. The last one is about 10" long. The Plecostomus are about 12" long.


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