Large Barbs

A basic guide to keeping Large Barbs.

Common names

•    Tinfoil Barb
•    Lemon Fin Barb
•    Red-cheeked Barb

Geographical origin

Asia, Africa

Aquarium condition requirements for your Large Barbs

Minimum aquarium size - a 900 x 380 x 300mm (36” x 15” x 12”) tank should be considered as the minimum. For the very big Large Barbs, a tank of at least 1500 x 450 x 380mm (60” x 18” x 15”) will be necessary.

Temperature - between 20o and 280C is generally considered to be satisfactory. Some variation is acceptable.

Water parameters - Large Barbs come from soft water areas but readily adapt to hard water with no deleterious effects.

Habitat - Large Barbs are found equally in slow moving streams and fast running rivers. Plants: will enjoy a well-planted tank. Broad-leaved plants, such as Amazon Swordplants (Echinodorus spp) are ideal, but see diet below.

Large Barbs’ behaviour with other fish

These will grow into fish at least 5 inches (13 cms) in length and some up to 18 inches (46 cms). They are boisterous and so small fish may be at a disadvantage. Research before purchase to find out what size the immature Large Barb fish you buy could end up being.

Large Barbs’ diet

Omnivorous. Some species of Large Barbs are plant eaters, so research the species before you buy.

Large Barbs’ health

Not particularly prone to health problems. Accidental damage to the fish due to knocking into rock-work may lead to fungus problems.

Habitat - freshwater tropical aquarium

Sociability - can grow very large - research the actual fish you are interested in

Care - easy, but do research the actual fish you are interested in owing to diversity in the Large Barb genera

The Pet Owners Association are grateful to the Federation of British Aquatic Societies for the above information and image.