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gammahermit 05-11-2009 07:41 PM

Is 55 gallons to small for tinfoil barbs?
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I got 3 albino tinfoil barbs about a month ago from petsmart. the label said that they only get to 6-8 in & require a minimum of 50 gallons. But from what I have read online they can get up to 13 inches & require a minimum of 70 gallons. Does any have experience with tinfoils? How big do they actually get & can I take them back to petsmart if needed or would I have to give them away.

Twistersmom 05-11-2009 07:55 PM

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I have 3 tinfoil barbs. They started out in my 65 gal, but outgrew it in about four months time, just did not have enough swimming room.
I did not want to get rid of mine, so I ended up buying a larger tank for them. Mine are a good 8 inches.
I would talk to the store about returning them. I have not read up on the albino type, but I am guessing they are capable of growing to the 10-12 inch mark as well.

dramaqueen 05-11-2009 08:16 PM

Nice tank, gammahermit and nice fish, Twistersmom.

Bottomfeeder 05-11-2009 09:15 PM

yes. sizewise no, but the fact that they are very hyper makes it too small. they would probably end up getting spooked and smashing into the glass.

Fishin Pole 05-12-2009 06:23 AM

These are one of the fish i do not believe should be sold in the aquarium trade.......They can reach up to 14 inches in length if given the correct size tank to grow in........A 55 is too small to have them in on the long term basis.....You would be good for a few months, but would eventually need to upgrade to a minimum tank of 6 feet in length......Leaving them in a small tank all their life is just stunting their growth..............which is not good for their internal organs

aunt kymmie 05-12-2009 10:00 AM

Tinfoils were one of the fish I was considering stocking with when I was first setting up my 100g. After doing the research I decided against them.
I think they are a very beautiful fish; they're just not suited for most home aquaria. :-(

Lupin 05-13-2009 05:46 AM

Albinos are no different. They will still grow as big as the original ones.

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