Red Tail Tinfoil Barb
- Red Tail Tinfoil Barb are smaller cousins of Tinfoil Barb and can grow upto 8 inches in length.
- The larger cousins, that is Tail Tinfoil Barb, also called by other names like Goldfoil Barb, Schwanefeld’s Barb, River Barb. These fishes can grow upto to 14 inch in length.
- They have 8 to 10 years of life span, they could live longer if maintained well. In its natural coloration, the Tail Tinfoil Barb has a silver or Golden body. As indicated these species are very similar to its smaller cousin, the Red Tail Tinfoil Barb.
- Both Tinfoil Barb and Red Tail Tinfoil Barb are extremely similar. Therefore, while purchasing juveniles, there can be confusion and to obviate this please observe if there is a Red lining on the tail fin, which clearly distinguishes the Red Tail Tinfoil Barb from regular Tinfoil barb.
- Red Tail Tinfoil is hardy fish so it is recommended for beginners.
- Water change of roughly of 25-50% of the water tank is required every week to maintain healthy environment. If the tank is densely stocked frequent water change is required.
- The Red Tail Tinfoil Barbs grow very large and will swim in all areas of the aquarium. They need a school of five or more of their own kind and a very large tank to keep them happy. It is advisable to keep a group of full grown adults in at least a 100 gallon tank. An external canister filter is needed to keep this messy fishes and the tank clean. An external canister filter will also aid in keeping high levels of oxygenation and water flow. Additionally, the tank should be securely covered as these fish are skilled jumpers and will probably do so if given the opportunity.
- This fish prefers a setup that replicates their natural habitat of flowing rivers and streams. A powerhead can be used to create currents to replicate its natural environment. You could use a substrate of sand or gravel with smooth rocks and pebbles. Since these fishes are large they can knock over most aquarium accessories and decorations, therefore the aquarium accessorizes should firmly entrenched. Further while using live plants it is advisable to have hardy varieties and not soft ones, else this barb will feed on them.
- Since they are omnivorous, the Red Tail Tinfoil Barb will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, and flake foods. To keep a good balance give them a high quality flake food everyday. They will also like some live food treats like worms or shrimps. But even though they like proteins, they need lots of vegetable foods. Vegetable substitutes suggested for these fish in the aquarium are algae wafers, cooked lettuce, spinach, and oatmeal. When offering food just once a day, provide what they can eat in about 5 minutes. The rule of thumb when offering food several times a day is to offer only what they can consume in 3 minutes or less at each feeding.
- The Red Tail Tinfoil Barb is not an aggressive species, however they will eat small fish if they have the opportunity. Slow moving and shyer fish are not recommended as tankmates because the constant movements of this fish can stress them. The best tankmates are those who are similar in size and energy levels, such as other cyprinids and characins, some cichlids, and catfish.
- The Tinfoil Barb on display is a Red Tail Tinfoil Barb about 3-4 inches in length.
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