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[APD] RE: Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 2, Issue 31

> -----Original Message-----
> Message: 5
> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 16:59:21 -0400
> From: Jennifer Jones <jen_jones at tufts.edu>
> Subject: [APD] tinfoil barb advice?
> To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
> Now my question - I'm a grad student in a big school, and 
> apparently I 
> have a reputation for owning fish.  I just got an email from a guy I 
> don't know who is looking to unload some fish. He apparently has
> "two red fin tinfoil barbs I have that are too big for the 55 
> gal tank I 
> have.  They are about 3 1/2 to 4 years old and 11" long.  
> They've never 
> been sick, in perfect health, just too big now for where they are."
> I know nothing about these fish.  My inclination is that 
> anything that 
> big would eat all of my tetras, and I always thought most barbs ate 
> plants.  Am I right?  Anybody know anything at all about these fish? 
> Any advice you can give me would be GREATLY appreciated!
> Also, if anyone is interested in these fish I'd be happy to 
> forward your 
> email to this guy.  The school is in Boston, so I assume the 
> fish live 
> in Mass somewhere.
> Thanks very much,
> Jen
> jen_jones at tufts.edu

Tinfoil barbs are lovely fish but grow very big. They are peaceful...for
their size, they just don't quarrel amongst themselves or with others.
Unfortunately, as with most (if not all) fish they will eat anything that
will fit in their mouths. They're also good lawnmowers. Also, even if they
didn't eat any other fish, anything much smaller than them would be
terrified which wouldn't do them any good (the smaller fish, not the

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