Platinum Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus altus)


A large growing but peaceful cyprinid found throughout much of Southeast Asia, the Tinfoil Barb has been a favorite in the aquarium hobby for years despite its very large adult size. A striking, active schooling fish which usually inhabits well-oxygenated waters with moderate to high flow, large specimens make for an impressive display in a sufficiently large aquarium. This species is a popular dither species with predatory fish keepers as they are big, hardy, and peaceful. The platinum variant is a rare line-bred color form sought after for their distinctive, uniform bright white coloration.


Platinum Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus altus)

Origin: Aquacultured Asia
Diet: Omnivore, will accept all kinds of frozen and prepared foods
Adult Size: 14″
Recommended Tank Size: 125 gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.0
Temp:                     76-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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