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post #11 of 13 Old 09-26-2010, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. But would you be able to say which of the two species are these? ie Red Tailed Tinfoil Barb or Tinfoil Barbs? I'm hoping for the former!
Going by what it says in the fish profiles - "The subject species (B. altus) body colouration is more golden, and the red caudal fin does not have the distinct black submarginal stripe along both lobes as on B. schwanenfeldii, whose body colouration is more silvery than golden. The subject fish is also half the size of the other at maturity." - I think these are the Red tailed ones as they dont have the black stripes - or are they too young to have those stripes? Also, 2 of them are albinos.
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post #12 of 13 Old 09-26-2010, 12:16 PM
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From your photos and the video, they all appear to me to be the albino form, but I'm not a Barb expert by any means. According to my colleague Matt in the UK the albino form was developed from Barbonymus schwanenfeldii and it is man-made, not a natural form; there are also some other colour variations, unfortunately produced with dyes which is a cruel practice.

The albino form has the same requirements as the true species.

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From your photos and the video, they all appear to me to be the albino form, but I'm not a Barb expert by any means. According to my colleague Matt in the UK the albino form was developed from Barbonymus schwanenfeldii and it is man-made, not a natural form; there are also some other colour variations, unfortunately produced with dyes which is a cruel practice.

The albino form has the same requirements as the true species.
Thanks Byron.


Guys, Can I have a single Red Tailed Shark with tinfoils and the Zebra loaches?
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