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White Cloud Mountain Minnow - Tanichthys Albonubes : Complete Fish Profile & Care Guide

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The White Cloud Mountain Minnows (Tanichthys albonubes) are small, dynamic and brightly coloured fish that bring a lively energy to any aquarium. Sporting a brownish-yellow back, a silvery-blue and golden stripe running along the body from their eyes to the tail, and a striking white abdomen, these fish also have yellow fins and a red-coloured medial side of the fluke. Mountain Minnows are peaceful, hardy and easy to care for, making them an excellent choice for beginners in the aquarium hobby. Their small size and compatibility with other tank mates make them a popular choice for aquarists looking to add some activity and colour to their tank.

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Sexual Dimorphism

The process of determining the sex of White Cloud Mountain Minnows is relatively straightforward. Females possess a larger and more rounded abdomen compared to the males, whose bodies are slender and more vividly coloured.
Featured Male
Featured Female
Male Female

Quick Facts

Scientific NameTanichthys Albonubes
Year Described1932
Other NamesMeteor Minnow, Golden White Cloud,chinese danio
Max Size4 cm
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan5 - 7 years

Water Parameters

Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH5 - 19
KH2 - 6
TDS50 - 250
60 - 72
15.6 - 22.2

Natural habitat

White Cloud Mountain Minnows were originally discovered several kilometres north of Central Guangzhou and Guangdong Province in China. Sadly, this species is now extinct in its native habitat due to water pollution. However, with proper care and attention, you can bring these fish back to life in your own home aquarium. Mountain Minnows typically prefer slow-moving, clear, shallow water with dense vegetation and rocky substrates. These features provide the perfect environment for the fish to feed, shelter, rest, and hide. Adding Mountain Minnows to your aquarium is an excellent way to showcase their unique beauty and contribute to their conservation efforts. So why wait? Explore the wonders of Mountain Minnows and bring a touch of China into your home today!

How to breed the White Cloud Mountain Minnow

White Cloud Mountain Minnows are considered relatively easy to breed in the aquarium hobby due to their adaptable and hardy nature. They typically do not exhibit any parental care towards their eggs or fry, making it easier for aquarists to maintain their breeding process. To breed White Cloud Mountain Minnows, you will need a well-established aquarium with the right water parameters and a densely planted area with preferred plants such as Java Moss. After fertilization, the eggs will hatch within two to three days and the fry will stay hidden among the plants. It is recommended to maintain dim lighting in the aquarium during the breeding process.

Diet & feeding

White Cloud Mountain Minnows are omnivorous and will readily accept a variety of foods. A well-balanced diet consisting of high-quality flakes or pellets supplemented with small live and frozen foods such as Daphnia, Artemia and bloodworms will promote optimal health and vibrant coloration in these fish. Additionally, providing algae or plant-based food options will benefit these fish as they naturally graze on plant matter in their natural habitat.

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