I wanted to name our little friend xray because you can see right thru his eye and out the other side. Cool little buddy. bloop bloop bloop... :) hunnys daughter named him col. sanders.? these fish are cool!! We're down to 2 (had 4) that are doing very well. New tank and just learning...it's not quite as simple as we thought it would be. Buy tank, add water, add fish. Learning that there's a little more to it than that. Sorry lenny (fish 1) and wigga (fish 2). And RIP Red. (poor little betta..learning curve..oops. and where can we buy a panda telescope? Anybody know? :) bloop bloop bloop... bettybloop
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I have a male and female green Scats, the make is approx 7 inches and the female approx 5 inches. They have been very easy to maintain and I find they love broccoli as a treat!! They are sociable and come to the top of the tank at feeding time!! I am looking at selling them if anyone is interested, Peta
The Red-tailed Tinfoil Barb Barbonymus altus (previously Barbus altus) is a good-sized Cyprinid fish that reaches up to about 8 inches (20 cm) in length. It has a silvery or golden-yellow body with reflective scales that give it a tinfoil effect. The dorsal fin has a black marking or blotch along the tip. The pelvic, anal, and caudal fins are red, but not the dorsal fin. Other common names it is known by include Red Tail Tinfoil Barb and Tall Barb.
There are currently 5 described species in the Barbonymus genus, and these fish are sometimes collectively called Tinfoil Barbs, which can create a bit of confusion. This barb can be confused with other members of its genus, especially the almost identical Tinfoil BarbBarbonymus schwanenfeldii, which reaches nearly double the Red-tail Tinfoil Barb's adult size.
These two tinfoil barbs are regular imports, usually available as juveniles, and they are often mixed together. Other than size, they are almost identical. The easiest way to tell them apart is to look at the forked tail fin. The Tinfoil Barb has a distinct black line near the edge of each lobe of the tail fin while the Red-tail Tinfoil Barb does not. Though both these tinfoil barbs have a black marking on their dorsal fin, only the Tinfoil Barb has red on this fin as well. The B. schwanenfeldii will also tend to be more silvery overall, and the Red-tail has a more golden-bronze color.
One of the main reasons that it is important to know which of these two species you are getting is their difference in size. Though both of these fish get quite large, the Tinfoil Barb will rapidly acquire a length of 14 inches (35 cm) and is considered too large for most aquariums. The Red-tailed Tinfoil Barb is a much smaller fish and easier to house, so more suited to the home aquarium.
This species is hardy and undemanding. They do best when kept in a school of 5 or more of their own kind. Being peaceful, they make a good addition to a community tank, though they will eat smaller fish. House them with similar-sized tankmates, so nobody gets eaten. They can also be be kept with some of the more tolerant cichlids. An aquarium best suited to this fish is large and roomy with dense plantings along the edges. They like to burrow, so be sure to use hardy plants. When they are fully grown, they will need an aquarium of 100 gallons or more to keep them happy.
The Red-tailed Tinfoil Barb Barbonymus altus was originally described by Gunther in 1868 as Barbus altus but is now described as Barbonymus altus. This is a newer genus established by Kottelat in 1999 to represent a distinct evolutionary lineage of large "barbs." Before this, a number of large Asian "barbs" were grouped indiscriminately into three other genera: Barbus, Barbodes, and Puntius. The 5 described species in the Barbonymus genus are sometimes collectively called Tinfoil Barbs. Other common names this species is known by include Red Tail Tinfoil Barb, Tall Barb, and Tinfoil Barb.
This barb is found in Southeast Asia in the Mekong and Chao Phraya basins of the Mun River as well as the Maeklong, Peninsular, and Southeast Thailand river systems. They are also found in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Lao PDR. This species is listed on the IUCN Red List as Least Concern (LC) as they are widespread throughout their range with no major identified threats.
These Cyprinids inhabit mid-water depths of large and medium-sized waterways including rivers, streams, canals, and ditches, and will enter flood plains and flooded fields. The larger river channels will flood during the wet season. During that time, this barb migrates into the flooded forest to feed and spawn. Adults then return to the rivers with the young following when the flooded areas begin to dry.
In nature, these fish are omnivores that feed on various plants and animal matter including invertebrates, algae, and smaller fish. They are also known to be opportunist feeders that will congregate near villages and consume organic detritus disposed of by humans. They are utilized as a food fish by the natives and are actually cultivated in floating cages in Vietnam.
Scientific Name: Barbonymus altus
Social Grouping: Groups
IUCN Red List: LC - Least Concern
The Red-tailed Tinfoil Barb has a torpedo-shaped body with a rather high back and a forked tail. Although this barb is very similar in appearance to its close relative the Tinfoil Barb B. schwanenfeldii, it does not get quite as large. Still these good-sized fish reach lengths of about 8 inches (20 cm). They have a lifespan of 8 to 10 years, but could live 12 years or longer when provided with exceptional care.
In its natural coloration, large adults have a silvery or golden-yellow body. The dorsal fin has a black marking or blotch along the tip. The pelvic, anal, and caudal fins are red, but the dorsal fin is not.
Size of fish - inches: 7.9 inches (19.99 cm)
Lifespan: 10 years - They have an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years, but 12 years or more is possible with good care.
Fish Keeping Difficulty
This barb is a much better choice than its much larger family member, the Tinfoil Barb, for a beginning aquarist. These fish are very hardy and do not have many special needs. They do, however, require a bigger than normal tank of around 100 gallons to accommodate a proper school. Because of their space need, they are suggested for an aquarist with some experience. They are very easy to feed and maintain and make a fun and interesting addition to a tank.
Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately hardy
Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate - This fish doesn't require too much expertise apart from what is required to maintain a very large tank.
Foods and Feeding
These fish are opportunistic omnivorous in the wild. They feed on invertebrates, algae, smaller fish, plant matter, and other organic detritus. In the aquarium, they will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, and flake foods.To keep a good balance, give them a high quality flake food every day. They will also like some live food treats like worms or shrimps. Even though they like proteins, they need lots of vegetable foods. Vegetable supplements include vegetable-based fish pellets, and also blanched lettuce or spinach. When offering food just once a day, provide what they can eat in about 5 minutes. The rule of thumb when offering food several times a day is to offer only what they can consume in 3 minutes or less at each feeding.
Diet Type: Omnivore - This fish appreciates a diet supplemented with vegetables as well as live foods.
Flake Food: Yes
Tablet / Pellet: Yes
Live foods (fishes, shrimps, worms): Some of Diet
Vegetable Food: Some of Diet
Meaty Food: Some of Diet
Feeding Frequency: Several feedings per day
These barbs are not exceptionally difficult to care for provided their water is kept clean. At least 25 to 50% of the tank water should be replaced every month. If the tank is densely stocked, 20 to 25% should be replaced weekly or every other week. An algae magnet can be used to keep the viewing panes clear of algae.
Aquariums are closed systems, and regardless of size, all need some maintenance. Over time, decomposing organic matter, nitrates, and phosphate build up, and water hardness increases due to evaporation. To combat these ever changing conditions, water should be replaced on a regular basis.
Water Changes: Weekly - If the tank is densely stocked, water changes should be done every other week.
Red-tailed Tinfoil Barbs grow large and will swim in all areas of the aquarium. Additionally, they need a school of 5 or more of their own kind, so a 100-gallon tank is the minimum size suggested to keep a school. These messy fish will need an external canister filter to keep the tank clean and to aid in maintaining high levels of oxygenation and water flow. The tank should be securely covered as these fish are skilled jumpers and will probably do so if given the opportunity.
These fish will appreciate a setup that replicates their natural habitat of flowing rivers and streams. Add a river manifold or powerheads to create currents, and provide a substrate of sand or gravel with scattered smooth rocks and pebbles. These fish are large and can knock over most decorations. Large pieces of drift wood and firmly anchored plants make a great decor. Make sure plants are not soft-leaved, or they may feed on them. Immaculately planted tanks won't work well with this fish as it will gladly devour all but the sturdiest of aquarium plants.
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gal (379 L)
Suitable for Nano Tank: No
Substrate Type: Any
Lighting Needs: Moderate - normal lighting
Temperature: 72.0 to 81.0° F (22.2 to 27.2° C)
Range ph: 6.5-7.5
Hardness Range: 2 - 10 dGH
Water Movement: Moderate
Water Region: All
The Red-tailed Tinfoil Barb is not an aggressive specie, but they will eat small fish if they have the opportunity. Slow-moving and shy fish are not recommended as tankmates because the constant movements of this barb can stress them. The best tankmates are those of similar size and energy, such as other cyprinids and characins, some cichlids, and catfish.
In nature, they can be found swimming in large schools. In the home aquarium, they will do best if kept with some of their own kind. If kept singly or in smaller groups, they may become aggressive or overly shy and fail to thrive. Groups of 5 or more will help to keep them happy.
Temperament: Semi-aggressive - Although rarely aggressive themselves, these fish can keep up with a slightly rougher crowd. However, fish small enough to be eaten will not last long in the Red-tail Tinfoil Barb's company.
Same species - conspecifics: Yes - They do best kept in groups of 5 or more.
Peaceful fish (): Safe - Due to their large size, smaller fish are at risk of being eaten.
Semi-Aggressive (): Safe - They are sturdy enough to be kept with some cichlids and semi-aggressive fish.
Aggressive (): Monitor
Large Semi-Aggressive (): Monitor
Large Aggressive, Predatory (): Threat
Slow Swimmers & Eaters (): Monitor - They may make these fish nervous because of their activity level.
Shrimps, Crabs, Snails: Safe - not aggressive
Plants: Monitor - Will eat soft-leaved plants.
Sex: Sexual differences
The sexes have no external differences, though females are significantly rounder during spawning season.
Breeding / Reproduction
This fish is not known to have been bred in the home aquarium or commercially, though they are cultivated as food fish in their native countries. Like other Cyprinid fish, Red-tailed Tinfoil Barbs are egg layers that scatter their eggs rather than using a specific breeding site. The female will release thousands of eggs. The parents may eat the eggs and do not care for the young.
The logistics of breeding a fish of this size make it generally prohibitive to the average aquarist. Successful breeding would require a very large tank and the ability to raise the young separately from the parents. To learn about breeding Cyprinids, see the description of breeding techniques in Breeding Freshwater Fish: Barbs.
Ease of Breeding: Unknown
Red-tailed Tinfoil Barbs are very hardy, so disease is not usually a problem in a well-maintained aquarium. That being said, there is no guarantee that you won't have to deal with health problems or disease. Anything you add to your tank can also bring disease. Not only other fish but plants, substrate, and decorations can harbor bacteria. Take great care and make sure to properly clean or quarantine anything that you add to an established tank so as not to upset the balance.
A good thing about these barbs is that due to their resilience, an outbreak of disease can often be limited to just one or a few fishes if dealt with at an early stage. The best way to proactively prevent disease is to give your Barb the proper environment and a well-balanced diet. The more closely their environment resembles their natural habitat, the less stress the fish will have, making them healthier and happier. A stressed fish is more likely to acquire disease.
These fish are very resilient, but aquarists should read up on common tank diseases. Knowing the signs and catching and treating them early makes a huge difference. For information about freshwater fish diseases and illnesses, see Aquarium Fish Diseases and Treatments.
Through the mid-1990s, the Red-tail Tinfoil Barb only showed up in the pet trade as a bi-catch mixed in with other fish shipments. Today, they are being harvested (as well as cultivated) in their native countries and sold to the ornamental fish market. However, finding this fish is not easy as it is not readily available. Most often the Tinfoil Barb B. schwanenfeldii is being sold as the Red-tail Tinfoil Barb. Be sure you know what you are getting. There is a huge difference in the adult size of these fish.
Arnold Pinto - 2014-08-12 I'm presently having 2 redtailed tinfoil barbs in a 22gallon tank.They are about 3''.Since the time I've got them,I have been noticing them to always be in the lower regions or rarely in the mid regions of the tank.They never come on top of the tank even when there's food put in.I'm a lil worried about the fish not eating and the water getting polluted.Any suggestions ?Thanks.
Azfar - 2015-07-04 i am also facing the same problem did you find any soultion?
Anvay Kolhatkar - 2016-03-30 try to have at least five of them! once you gave, they will acquire whole tank
s k chaudhari - 2010-05-09 I bought tinfoilbarb when it was quite small but in 6 months it has grown almost 4 inches long it was kept along with other fishes like goldfish, silver shark, catfish etc. suddenly it started tearing the eyes of other fishes like lionhead fish, shubunkin, veiltail etc. Why this aggressive behavior suddenly?
samiran roy,india - 2011-11-07 Mine did the same. I have a normal tinfoil barb and the other one is the leuscitic version of it with black eyes and lesser scales. When they became around 7 inches and 1 and a half years old, they killed my juvenile oscar, a big shubunkin goldfish,and angelfishes. You should buy a new tank or sell it. It is most likely a male I guess.
Abhy - 2015-05-27 ya that\s true, the Tinfoil barbs must not be kept with the most peaceful fishes like the goldfish.......poor ones....
Bedeanne Marie Ogee - 2014-01-28 I have 4full grown tin foil barbs in a 120 gal tank with 1rope fish, 1eel,1cory cat and a archer. The barbs keep rubbing on the gravel and rock to the point of damaging their selves. They look like they have been descaled. I do a 50% tank change every two weeks . There is no ick and all the other fish are fine, oh and the tank is brackish . Anyone have any idea why they are doing this.
Clarice Brough - 2014-01-28 Sounds like a nice tank with some great fish. If your sure your Tin Foil Barbs don't have Ich, it could be another parasite or some other malady. 'Flashing' (scratching on rocks or gravel) is usually caused by an irritation of the body, most often the result of than optimal water quality. It's good that you are doing water changes. After doing 2 or 3 partial water changes over a week, see if they are still rubbing. Interestingly, I've also read that rubbing on rocks may be an indication of indigestion. Some say it happens with the introduction of frozen fish foods.
Bedeanne Marie Ogee - 2014-02-01 Funny you should say that about frozen foods, I feed frozen krill every 2 days to the eel and rope fish, and the barbs eat the left overs. Wonder if that could be the problem. I'll only put in enough just for the eel and rope fish and remove what they haven't eaten and see if that helps. Thanks for the reply.
Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01 I hope that helps! good luck.