The Tinfoil Barb is easy to keep but will grow rapidly. It is often sold as a juvenile with little information as to its ultimate size. They are considered too large for most aquariums and are really best kept by more experienced aquarists who are prepared to provide a very large tank for their long-term care.
To keep them happy, it is best to keep them in a school of 5 or more of their own kind. An aquarium best suited to this fish is large and roomy with a fine gravel bottom and dense plantings along the edges. They like to burrow, so be sure to use hardy plants. Though they are generally peaceful, they will eat smaller fish and thus are not always suitable for a community aquarium. They can be kept with some cichlids and semi-aggressive fish.