Tinfoil Barb – Freshwater Fish in Thailand

Common name: Tinfoil Barb, Goldfoil Barb, Brassen barbe. Species: Barbonymus schwanenfeldii. Thai Name: Pla Tapien Ang Daeng


The Tinfoil Barb is a tropical Southeast Asian freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae. It is a benthopelagic and potamodromous species native to Brunei Darsm, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It lives in large rivers as well as in streams, ditches and manmade canals and can also enter flooded fields.


Tinfoil BarbThey can reach a length of 35 centimeters (14 inches). Large Tinfoil barbs display a silvery or golden yellow coloration with red fins. You can distinguish these barb from other members of its genus by looking at the dorsal fin. The Tinfoil barb features an orange or blood-red dorsal fin decorated with a black blotch at the tip. The pectoral, pelvic and anal fins are also red and have white margins. Along each lobe, you can see a black sub marginal stripe. There are 8 scale rows located between the dorsal-fin origin and the lateral line. It is a schooling species and is highly active and spends most of their time between the bottom and the mid-level of water.


Tinfoil Barb is a peaceful fish species

They can reach an age of 8-10 years, and is chiefly herbivore creatures and eat, filamentous algae, submerged land plants and similar. They will however also eat insects, worms, crustaceans and small fishes. The Tinfoil barb is an egg scattering species and the female can produce several thousand eggs per spawning. Sexing Tinfoil barbs is a bit tricky, since there are no obvious difference between males and females. Since the Tinfoil barbs are egg scatterers, they will not care for their eggs, they will eat egg and/or fry, so fry will instinctively seek shelter and try to stay away from adult fish. Can be caught by bait fishing and can also be caught by fly fishing with Nymph. the world record is of 1.3 kg (2 lb 13 oz) caught the 6-Apr-2003 in Temmenggor Dam, Perak, Malaysia.


Source: Wikipedia – Fishbase










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