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The Tinfoil Barb is a freshwater fish which comes from Thailand, the Malayan Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo. They inhabit large waterways including rivers, streams, canals, and ditches and will enter flooded fields to spawn and feed. Tinfoil Barbs grow very large and will swim in all areas of the aquarium. They need a school of 5 or more of their own kind and a very large tank to accommodate them.

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Features of Albino Tinfoil Barb:

  • Tinfoil barbs hardly have any gender discriminating traits in their appearance
  • Being albino they lack colour pigmentation
  • Care level: Easy
  • Occupy the mid-level and bottom areas of the tank
  • They are active swimmers, and skilled jumpers
  • Grows up to 35cm


Albino Tinfoil Barb : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Tinfoil Barb:

Tinfoil barbs are very active fish and they need a minimum of a 200L tank to keep a small group of them. If keeping a large group, consider a larger aquarium. They are keen jumpers, so ensure a secure lid on your aquarium. 

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Despite their size, tinfoil barbs are a peaceful fish with an easy-going temperament. They do best when kept in groups of five or more. If kept as a single fish or too small a group, some bullying behavior can occur. Avoid slow-moving or shy fish.

Here’s a list of some of the best tank mates for your Tinfoil Barb:

Tinfoil Barb Diet :

Tinfoil barbs are omnivores and are accepting of almost any food, they should be given a variety of foods. Feed a quality pelleted or flake food, in addition to live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms to keep them healthy.

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Albino Tinfoil Barb Tank Set-up

Aquarium Filtration for Tinfoil Barbs

Tinfoil barbs become large fish, therefore will produce more waste than small species. When selecting an aquarium filter consider the size of your aquarium and ensure adequate volume to maintain clean water. They are a hardy species and tolerate broad water parameters but do best in clean water.  Cannister filters are a great option for medium to large aquariums.

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Aquarium Plants for Tinfoil Barb:

They are active swimmers and require robust live plants if keeping them. Silk and plastic plants are also a great option to add life to your aquarium.

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Aquarium Lighting for Tinfoil Barbs

Tinfoil barbs are not fussy when it comes to lighting and do not have specific requirements. Aquarium lighting is necessary for the photosynthesis required for healthy aquarium plants. 

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Aquarium Substrate for Tinfoil Barbs

Tinfoil barbs occupy to middle water column and do not have substrate preferences. Aquarium gravel, sand and pebbles are all options. 

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

Additional Information

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums. Please contact us if you need any custom tank services.