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stocking with a tinfoil
six months ago a friend of mine gave me a solitary tinfoil barb that outgrew her aquarium. as i have a much larger tank. but i have learned at some expense that it is an omnivore as all my guppies and neons quickly became lunch. i am wondering what community fish can i put with it.
The quick answer is, nothing smaller than the Tinfoil--and they get big. However, more importantly, this is a shoaling fish that should be in a group. There are two species under the common name, both are in our profiles. Barbonymus schwanenfeldii attains 14 inches and needs a 7-8 foot tank and a group as I said; Barbonymus altus only reaches 8 inches and needs a 5-6 foot tank for a group. Both will eat smaller fish. Click on the shaded names for the profile with photos and more detail.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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