Panda Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii)
commonly known as the Tinfoil Barb, is a popular freshwater fish species native to Southeast Asia, specifically found in rivers and streams of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Here are some key features and information about the Tinfoil Barb:
- Appearance: Tinfoil Barbs are characterized by their streamlined, elongated body shape and prominent scales that give them a shiny, reflective appearance, resembling tinfoil. They have a silver or gold base color with reddish or orange fins. The fins may develop a more intense coloration as the fish matures. Tinfoil Barbs can grow quite large, reaching lengths of up to 14 inches (35 cm) or more in captivity.
- Behavior: Tinfoil Barbs are active and social fish that prefer to live in groups. In the wild, they are known to form shoals consisting of dozens or even hundreds of individuals. They are energetic swimmers and require a spacious aquarium to accommodate their activity level.
- Aquarium Requirements: Due to their large size, Tinfoil Barbs need a spacious aquarium with plenty of swimming space. A tank size of at least 75 gallons is recommended for a small group of Tinfoil Barbs. It’s important to provide them with hiding spots such as plants, rocks, or driftwood to help them feel secure. The water temperature should be maintained between 72°F and 82°F (22°C and 28°C), with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5.
- Compatibility: Tinfoil Barbs can be somewhat aggressive and are known to be fin-nippers, especially when kept in small numbers or inadequate tank size. It’s best to keep them in a species-only aquarium or with large, robust tankmates that can tolerate their behavior. They are generally not suitable for peaceful community tanks with delicate or slow-moving fish.
- Diet: Tinfoil Barbs are omnivorous and have a hearty appetite. They will readily accept a varied diet including high-quality flake or pellet foods, as well as live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia. It’s important to provide a balanced diet to ensure their health and growth.
It’s worth noting that the care requirements and behavior of Tinfoil Barbs can vary slightly depending on individual specimens and their specific environment. Proper research and understanding of their needs are essential before adding them to an aquarium.
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