Tinfoil Barb – Freshwater Fish Species in Thailand

Species: Barbonymus schwanenfeldii.

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

Tinfoil BarbDistribution: Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Habitat: Large rivers as well as in streams, ditches and manmade canals and they can also enter flooded fields.

The species is a tropical Southeast Asian freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae. It is a benthopelagic and potamodromous species. Large Tinfoil barb display a silvery or golden yellow coloration with red fins. You can distinguish these barbs 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 are a peaceful fish species

They can reach an age of 8-10 years, and are chiefly herbivore creatures they 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. Since the species are egg scatterers, they will not care for their eggs, they will eat eggs and/or fry, so fry will instinctively seek shelter and try to stay away from adult fish.

Size: They can reach a length of 35 centimeters (14 inches).The world record is of 1.3 kg (2 lb 13 oz) caught the 6-Apr-2003 in Temmenggor Dam, Perak, Malaysia.

Fishing method: Can be caught by bait fishing and by fly fishing with Nymph and dryflies.

Sexing: Tinfoil barb is a bit tricky, since there are no obvious differences between male and female.

Source: WikipediaFishbase

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