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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Example of an ornamental leucistic form with enlarged, reflective scales on the flanks. The best way to differentiate juvenile forms of Barbonymus schwanenfeldii and Barbonymus altus is to compare the caudal tail fin of the fish. It is the genus’ type speciesand indeed seems to represent a quite distinct lineage of large ” barbs “. Tinfoil barb Conservation status. Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: The tinfoil barb is an active, peaceful species that spends most of its time in the mid-level and bottom of the water.

Usually marketed fresh Ref. The aquarium decor should contain a mixture of open swimming areas and clusters of plants, rocks or tree root in order schwanenfeldiu give the fish a place to retreat to if they feel threatened.

Mature females are usually deeper-bodied than males especially when gravid. This species is often mixed in with the smaller Red-tailed Tinfoil barb Barbonymus altuswhich grows to about 10 inches instead of about 14 schwanenfledii of B. Entered by Luna, Susan M.

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The tinfoil barb is a schooling species that prefers to be placed with a number of its own species. In Singapore it was thought to have become locally extinct although it appears that introduced feral populations now exist.

Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong. Occurs in medium to large-sized rivers and enters flooded fields Ref. Widjanarti, – Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement Distinguished from other species of the genus in having a red dorsal fin with a black blotch at the tip, red pectoral, pelvic and anal fins, red caudal fin with white margin and a black submarginal stripe along each lobe, and 8 scale rows between dorsal-fin origin and lateral line Ref.

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These have been selectively-bred for the trade and have slightly gaudier colours than the wild fish thus increasing their sales potential. An additional powerhead is also recommended in order to create plenty of water flow within the aquarium.

The body shape and swimming style of the Tinfoil Barb is indicative of the flowing waters of their natural river habitat. It is also recommended that they be kept with fish of similar size or larger. Adult individual from Thailand in the aquarium. You will be rewarded with a much more natural-looking display plus interesting behaviour from the fish as they interact with conspecifics.

Large individuals silvery or golden yellow in life with its dorsal fin red and caudal fin orange or blood-red Ref. Freshwater fishes of Western Indonesia and Sulawesi. 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.

Moderate to high vulnerability 49 of Sign our Guest Book. Periplus Editions, Hong Kong. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: Not available FishBase mirror site: Large individuals silvery or golden scbwanenfeldii in life with its dorsal fin red and caudal fin orange or blood-red Ref. Barbonymmus Tinfoil Barbs are not an aggressive species, they are a boisterous species that will swim actively throughout the aquarium.

Phylogenetic diversity index Ref.

Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii) | Merifish Aquariums.

Not usually aggressive but will eat small fishes and can upset slow-moving or more timid tank-mates with its constant activity and rather vigorous feeding behaviour. Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim. Juvenile specimen from Perak state, Peninsular Malaysia.


Entered by Luna, Susan M. The tinfoil barb is commercially important in the aquarium hobby trade, baarbonymus well as commercial aquaculture, subsistence farming, and occasionally as bait. The product is already in the wishlist! They live predominately in the larger rivers where they are found in very large schools; however, they will venture off into floodplains during the rainy season and retreat back to the river as flood waters begin to recede.

Retrieved 15 December Estimates of some properties based on models Phylogenetic schwanenfelsii index Ref.

It is usually marketed fresh. Sexual Dimorphism Mature females are usually deeper-bodied than males especially when gravid.

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It is not very similar to the barbels which are the core of the genus Barbusand though closer to these than to some African barbs, they seem to be closer still to the common carp Cyprinus carpio and to Cyclocheilichthys than to either of the aforementioned. Freshwater fishes of Western Indonesia and Sulawesi.

Periplus Editions, Hong Kong. While the Tinfoil Barbonhmus is willing to eat all day long, they should be fed two times per day in most cases in order to control their growth and girth.

The specific epithet is frequently misspelled schwanefeldii. 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.

A greedy eater, it will attempt to fill its mouth with as much food as possible during feedings.