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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Barbonymus schwanenfeldii, Tinfoil barb : fisheries, aquaculture, aquarium, bait

Periplus Editions, Hong Kong. Occurs in medium to large-sized rivers and enters flooded fields Ref. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. Freshwater fishes of Barbonykus Indonesia and Sulawesi. It is present in several major river systems including the Mekong and Chao Phraya.

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.

Tinfoil barb

Tinfoil Barb live in large schools in nature and generally do not do well when kept singularly or in low numbers in the aquarium.


The Tinfoil Barb Barbonymus schwanenfeldii originates from the larger rivers and surrounding floodplains of the southeast Asian countries of Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. Moderate to high vulnerability 49 scywanenfeldii Usually marketed fresh Ref.

Barbodes schwanefeldii lapsus Barbodes schwanenfeldii BleekerBarbonymus schwanefeldii lapsus Barbbonymus schwanefeldii lapsus Barbus schwanenfeldii BleekerPuntius schwanefeldii lapsus Puntius schwanenfeldii Bleeker Otherwise there are no obvious external differences. It is usually marketed fresh. In the wild they are considered an opportunistic feeder, that will consume smaller fish, algae, small invertebrates, plant matter and even organic detritus.

Views Read Edit View history. It is also recommended that they be kept with fish of similar size or larger. Juvenile specimen; this is the size at which the species is most often seen on sale for aquaria. Tinfoil barb Conservation status.

Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. Largely herbivorous, consuming aquatic macrophytes and submerged land plants, as well as filamentous algae and occasionally insects Ref.

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Barbonymus schwanenfeldii possesses a distinct black stripe along each lobe of this fin whereas Barbonymus altus does not. A greedy eater, it will attempt to fill its mouth with as much food as possible during feedings. It is largely herbivorousconsuming aquatic macrophytes and submerged land plants, as well as filamentous algae and occasionally insects.


Cyprinidae, Balitoridae, Cobitidae, Coiidae and Odontobutidae. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Larger specimens will also take chopped earthworm, prawn, mussel etc. This schwanenfeeldii was last edited on 16 Februaryat However, they do well with a wide range of tank mates ranging from larger community fish species to semi-aggressive Cichlids and Catfish species. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. They are however quite hardy and can tolerate less than perfect water conditions better than many other river based species.

Usually marketed fresh Ref. Its natural habitat is in water with a 6.

Barbonymus schwanenfeldii Bleeker It is therefore only appropriate for very large tanks containing robust, similarly-sized tankmates. Articles barbonymux ‘species’ microformats Wikipedia articles with style issues from December All articles with style issues. In captivity, it will eat almost anything provided to it.

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