The Tinfoil Barb has large, distinct silvery metallic scales, red-tipped fins, and a forked tail characteristic of a fast-swimming fish. The shimmering silver scales of this active swimmer reflect light as they maneuvers its way in the aquarium.
The Tinfoil Barb is a very hardy fish. They are quite docile in nature. This peaceful demeanor and glittery body make them an attractive addition to the large community aquarium. They should be kept in a group of at least 6 or more individuals with other non-aggressive large fish.
Wild Tinfoil Barbs inhabit large, fast flowing rivers of Southeast Asia. The home aquarium should best recreate the natural environment of the Tinfoil Barb by maintaining good filtration and strong water movement. Tinfoil can reach an adult size over a foot in length so it is essential to house this fish in a larger aquarium of at least 70 gallons in size. Tinfoils often jumps, so you should consider using a tank canopy.
The Tinfoil will accept most prepared commercial fish foods including flakes, pellets, frozen, and freeze dried foods. The natural diet of the Tinfoil Barb consists largely of plant matter including algae so be sure to offer foods containing vegetable matter such as spirulina wafers or herbivore preparations.
Approximate Purchase Size: 4″ to 6″