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Barbus schwanefeldi




Barbus schwanefeldi

The common name of this fish is Tinfoil barb and it is mostly known by it. It belongs to the Family Cyprinidae (Carp like fishes). A lively, relatively peaceful fish, can be combined with cichlids. As with many other species of this genus it is a schooling fish and six of them are the best choice if you want to observe their natural behavior. The best combination is a school of 12 fish although this will require a very big tank (2 meters minimum). A digger itself will live better in a tank with a fine gravel, preferable plain sand. Will uproot plants therefore you should only use very durable ones. The only drawback of this species is its rather big final size (grows to 35 cm). This calls for a tank of not less than 150 cm for a school of six individuals whereas a much bigger tank should be used to house 12 or more of them. The fish requires lots of swimming place. The water parameters are almost identical to those needed for other barbs. Thus a GH=10 is the optimum hardness while a slightly acidic pH (about 6.5) is requires. As with all barbs, this species will tolerate water parameters well out of this range. Feed almost anything. The fish keeper should also know that this species grows rapidly and can reach its final size of 35 cm very quickly (even more in a tank). A growth of more than 12 cm in one year is the rule rather than the exception.

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