Mervin Boey Fishing Note Book

Tinfoil Barb – An Elusive Fish on Fly
September 11, 2011, 11:54 pm
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Tinfoil Barbs (barbonymus schwanenfeldii) are also known Lampans as which can seen at local reservoir in schools shoaling at the shallower coves. It is distinguishable from other species of the genus in having a red dorsal fin with a black blotch at the tip, red pectoral, pelvic and anal fins, red caudal fin with white margin and a black submarginal stripe along each lobe, and 8 scale rows between dorsal-fin origin and lateral line.

Large individuals are silvery or golden yellow while alive with its dorsal fin red and caudal fin orange or blood-red. It grows up to 14 inches (35 cm) in length. Tinfoil Barbs have a lifespan of 8 to 10 years.

It is largely herbivorous, consuming aquatic macrophytes and submerged land plants, as well as filamentous algae and occasionally insects. It also feeds on small fishes, worms, and crustaceans.

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