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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Periplus Editions, Hong Kong. Largely herbivorous, consuming aquatic macrophytes and submerged land plants, as well as filamentous algae and occasionally insects Ref.

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Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. Schwanefeld, who collected the type series. Juvenile specimen; this is the size at which the species is most often seen on sale for aquaria. Care is identical to that described above and all are equally unsuitable for the majority of aquaria. Adult individual from Thailand in the aquarium. Retrieved from ” https: Estimates of some schwaanenfeldii based on models Phylogenetic diversity index Ref.

Large individuals are silvery or golden yellow while alive with its dorsal fin red and caudal fin orange or blood-red. Its natural habitat is in water with a 6. They reproduce by egg scattering of several thousand eggs per spawning.

Puntius schwanenfeldii or schwanefeldi? They should be fed a varied diet containing both plant schhwanenfeldii animal matter in order to provide balanced nutrition. As with most river species, the Tinfoil Barb is accustomed to a high turnover in water volume which generally means that organic buildup is kept low. Tinfoil barb Conservation status. 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 schwanenfeldoi and a schwanenfedlii submarginal stripe along each lobe, and 8 scale rows between dorsal-fin origin and lateral line Ref.


The tinfoil barb Barbonymus schwanenfeldii barbonymuz a tropical Southeast Asian freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae. Due to their active nature and aggressive feeding behavior, they may not be suitable for aquariums containing small shy community species. You will be rewarded with a much more natural-looking display plus interesting behaviour from the fish as they interact with conspecifics.

Unfortunately both are usually offered at a small size usually schwanenfeldli 50 — 75 mm with little to no information regarding the eventual size of the fish. In the wild they are considered an opportunistic feeder, that will consume smaller fish, algae, small invertebrates, plant matter and even organic detritus. It also feeds on small fishes, worms, and crustaceans.

Otherwise there are no obvious external differences. These have been selectively-bred for the trade and have slightly gaudier colours than the wild fish thus increasing their sales potential.

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. Habitat on Tioman Island. In Singapore it was thought to have become locally extinct although it appears that introduced feral populations now exist.


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Tinfoil barb

The tinfoil barb is a schooling species that prefers to be placed with a number of its own species. Many unwary buy young specimens and find out too late how large the tinfoil barb can grow. Tinfoil Barb can cause problems when trying to feed more shy species, as they feed very aggressively and will try to consume as much food as possible as quickly as possible.

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Usually marketed fresh Ref. Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong. Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim. Found in rivers, streams, canals and ditches Ref. Care should be taken when keeping this species schwanefeldii smaller fish species as they will consume fish small enough to fit in their mouth, which as an adult of approximately 14 inches can become quite large.

In Indonesia, a temperature range of In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Sexual Dimorphism Mature females are usually deeper-bodied barbonmus males especially when gravid.

Barbus schwanenfeldii Bleeker, ; Systomus schwanefeldi Bleeker, ; Barbus schwanefeldi var. Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. Also feeds on small fishes Ref. In schwanenfeodii Kalimantan, Indonesia a temperature range of