White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)

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White Cloud Mountain Minnow

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White Cloud Mountain Minnow

Tanichthys albonubes

38 Litres (10 US G.)

2.5-3.8cm (1-1.5 ")




6.0 - 8.0

16 -23 °C (60.8-73.4°F)

5-19 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-10 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Meteor Minnow, Golden White Cloud, White Cloud Mountain Minnow, Chinese Danio

Additional scientific names

Aphyocypris pooni

Origin[edit | edit source]

Thought to now be extinct in the wild. They were found in China and Vietnam.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Male is slimmer and more brightly coloured and will display by erecting fins and wriggling. The female have a fuller abdomen.

Breeding[edit | edit source]

This fish is quite easy to breed. The young are not particularly sensitive. After a winter period at lower temperature, slowly raise the water temperature in a separated breeding tank to 22-23C. This fish are free layers so the breeding tank must contain plenty of feathery-leafed plants. Also attach a substrate spawner a few centimetres above the bottom to prevent the parent fish from eating the eggs.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

An active shoaling fish that appreciates company of it's own kind, keep in groups of 5 or more. Will co-habit with most fish but do not keep with larger fish that could eat it such as Angelfish or Goldfish. Does best with other peaceful sub-tropical fish that appreciate a similar environment such as the Hillstream Loach.

Diet[edit | edit source]

An omnivore so will accept pellets and flake as well as live/frozen Daphnia and Brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day in small amounts.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Prefers a planted tank with a good current as they originate from fast-moving streams. The White Cloud Mountain Minnow is an active swimmer. These fish like plenty of space for swimming with dense peripheral vegetation and some floating plants. A bottom consisting partly of sand will give the fish an opportunity to search for food in it now and then.
For breeding, clumps of close knitted plants like Java moss on the substrate is ideal.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

This is a shoaling fish so must be kept in groups of 5 or more. It is a very peaceful community fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An attractive elongated fish with a bold iridescent white lateral line topped with a slender black line, the rest of the body translucent, the caudal fin and dorsal fin both have red colouration. There is a yellow, or golden, colour variant, as well as a long-fin variant.

Species notes[edit | edit source]

This fish's ability to survive (and breed) over a wide range of water conditions, temperature and general hardiness means it's cheap and an excellent choice for beginners.
This fish is sensitive to copper in the water so ensure that you do not overdose when using any treatments containing copper and accidentally poison them. The young fry are especially intolerant of copper, and tiny amounts can kill them.
It's latin name Tanichthys albonubes literally means "Tan's fish, white cloud". It was named after a boy scout leader named Tan who discovered it in the 1930s.[1]

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