White Cloud Mountain Minnow | Best Fish For Beginners?

White Cloud Mountain Minnow Info and Care

The white cloud mountain minnow is wonderful for beginner aquarists. They are easy to care for, peaceful, sociable, resilient, have beautiful colors, and much more!

Origin and Habitat

Its scientific name is Tanichthys albonubes. Native to the rivers of China, they are both freshwater and cold-water fish, members of the Cyprinidae family.

They were practically extinct in their habitat due to pollution and tourism, in fact since 1980 they were believed to be extinct for more than 20 years.

Fortunately, they were discovered in isolated locations within the coastal province of Guangdong and Hainan Island in China, and in the province of Quảng Ninh in Vietnam.

Physical Characteristics

white cloud mountain minnow care

Size: As adults, they reach a length of 1.5 inches, with the males being more slender than the females. They are dart shaped, their body is thin and aerodynamic, their fins are almost triangular and their muzzle is pointed.

Color: Its scales reflect an impressive range of colors. It is almost silvery with bright blue horizontal stripes, its snout and caudal fins are red and have a point at the base of the tail. Even so, they have diverse colors, including a golden variety.

Lifespan: White Cloud minnows are peaceful fish and typically live approximately 5 to 7 years.

Behavior & Temperament

They are very sociable fish. They like to be in schools of 5 individuals or more, they are even less shy when they have company.

They do not harass or compete with other fishes, except in the mating season when they compete for mates, at this time the males become a bit aggressive and territorial. But when this season ends they usually cooperate with each other and feed in coordinated schools.

Food & Diet

They eat all types of food such as live food, frozen, dried, flaked, etc. In their natural habitat, they eat insects, especially mosquitoes larvae, daphnia, and shrimp.

Aquarium Conditions

white cloud mountain minnow temperature

Although they are not demanding with the quality of the water, they cannot be in warm waters; this type of water shortens their lifespan. When they stay in the right temperature range, they are very resistant.

A minimum aquarium capacity of 10-15 gallons is required. The aquarium should have abundant vegetation, rocks, and wood, with dim lighting to highlight the colors of this fish and enough space to swim, with a small internal filter such as a sponge filter.

The white cloud mountain minnow should be kept in large schools because when they are isolated they tend to lose their color and hide most of the time. Also, avoid placing it with larger or aggressive tankmates as they might be eaten.

Breeding White Cloud Mountain Minnow

White cloud mountain minnows are also an excellent species for first-time breeders, as these fish are egg spreaders, reproducing several times throughout the year.

When the female is ready, she will disperse her eggs among the plants and mosses, the eggs will hatch 2-3 days after being laid.

White cloud mountains are not known to eat their eggs, however, you can remove the parents once the eggs begin to hatch.

As you can see, caring for white cloud mountain minnows is quite simple and can be found at almost any aquarium provider or pet store.

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