Barbodes schwanenfeldii
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Barbodes schwanenfeldii

Common Names: Tinfoil Barb
Synonyms: Barbodes schwanenfeldi
Barbus schwanenfeldii
Puntius schwanefeldi
Puntius schwanenfeldii
Systomus schwanefeldi
Family: Cyprinidae
Category: Cyprinids
Distribution: Asia; Thailand.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Schooling; Peaceful, though it's large size means it will eat small fish. Should only be combined with other large fish.
Diet: Ominvore; Omnivore
Care: Feed with large quantities of flakes, small fish, vegetables, and even soaked dog biscuits when they get larger. Not hard to keep except for it's very large size. A large tank is needed as they need to be kept in schools. Most plants will be uprooted and eaten. Be advised that this species, like all large Cyprinids, is VERY sensitive to Chlorine poisoning, much more so than many other fishes, and water changes should be performed with more than usual care to take account of this. Large specimens
6.5 - 7.5
22°C - 28°C
72°F - 82°F
8 dH - 14 dH
Potential Size: Male: 35cm (13.8")
Female: 35cm (13.8")
Water Region: Middle; Middle
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Cannot be determined.
Breeding: Not yet possible in an aquarium.
Comments: Not suitable for most aquarists. Needs a very large tank and should be kept in schools which can be very impressive at full size. Illegal for import to Australia. If the aquarist can afford the space and filtration needs of these heavy feeding, large fishes, then they integrate surprisingly well with a range of other large fishes (especially other large Barbs), but a decent shoal (say 12) needs a vast aquarium!
Main Colours: Silver, Orange
Markings: No Markings
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Forked
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Submitted By: Adam
Contributors: GobyFan2007
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