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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Mature females are usually deeper-bodied than males especially when gravid. Care should be taken when keeping this species with 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 Singapore it was thought to have become locally schwandnfeldii although it appears that introduced feral populations now exist.

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The easiest schwanenfeldli to differentiate the natural forms of B. Care is identical to that described above and all are equally unsuitable for the majority of aquaria. Found in rivers, streams, canals and ditches Ref.

Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: Originating in the Mekong and Chao Phraya basins of Thailandand SumatraBorneoand Malayan peninsulathe tinfoil barb is found in rivers, streams, canals, and ditches.

They should be fed a varied diet containing both plant and animal matter in order to provide balanced nutrition. Periplus Editions, Hong Kong. The best way to differentiate juvenile forms of Barbonymus schwanenfeldii and Barbonymus altus is to compare the caudal tail fin of the fish. Shelled peas, blanched courgette, spinach and chopped fruit all make good additions to the menu. The tinfoil barb is an active, peaceful species that spends most of its time in the mid-level and bottom of the water.


Cyprinidae, Balitoridae, Cobitidae, Coiidae and Odontobutidae. Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim. Large individuals are silvery or golden yellow while alive with its dorsal fin red and caudal fin orange or blood-red. The specific epithet is frequently misspelled schwanefeldii. It also enters flooded fields. Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim.

In Indonesia, a temperature range of Juvenile specimen from Perak state, Peninsular Malaysia. In the aquarium it is easily-fed barbony,us will accept just about anything offered.

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 schwanenfelrii origin and lateral line Ref.

Largely herbivorous, consuming aquatic macrophytes and submerged land plants, as well as filamentous algae and occasionally insects Ref. Larger specimens will also take chopped earthworm, prawn, mussel etc. These have been selectively-bred for the trade and have slightly gaudier colours than the wild fish thus increasing their sales potential.

Otherwise there are no obvious external differences. Freshwater fishes of Western Indonesia and Sulawesi. Summary page Point data Common names Photos. They do best in larger aquariums that have both strong water currents and excellent biological filtration.

While the Tinfoil Barb 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. It is largely herbivorousconsuming aquatic macrophytes and submerged land plants, as well as filamentous algae and occasionally insects. The tinfoil barb is often seen in large aquaria as companions to large cichlids e.

Also feeds on small fishes Ref. An additional powerhead is also recommended in order to create plenty of water flow within the aquarium.

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. It is the genus’ type speciesand indeed seems to represent a quite distinct lineage of large ” barbs “. This species was originally described as Barbus schwanenfeldii by Pieter Bleeker inand has also been placed in the genera Barbodes and Puntius.


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. In east Kalimantan, Indonesia a temperature range of 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. They tend to become more easily frightened and aggressive when not kept in groups.

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: They are just as easily fed in the aquarium environment and will eagerly accept flake, frozen, pellet, freeze-dried or live foods.

Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii)

Freshwater fishes of Western Indonesia and Sulawesi. Entered by Luna, Susan M. 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.

Its natural habitat is in water with a 6. Cyprinidae and Tetraodontidaewith comments on the definition of the first reviser. Estimates of some properties based on models Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. Schwanefeld, who collected the type series.

Tinfoil barb

Barbonymus schwanenfeldii possesses a distinct black stripe along each lobe of this fin whereas Barbonymus altus does not. Habitat on Tioman Island. Sign our Guest Book.