Max Size: 4cm

White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys Albonubes)

White Cloud Mountain Minnows are small, active, colourful fish.

Their back is browny-yellow; they have a silvery-blue and golden stripe that runs along the body from its eyes to the tail, and the abdomen is white. The fins are yellow, and the medial side of the fluke is red coloured.

Mountain Minnows are not demanding; they are peaceful, hardy and pleasant looking, their small size and compatibility with other tank mates make it a perfect choice for beginners.


White Cloud Mountain minnow
White Cloud Mountain Minnow
White Cloud Mountain Minnow
White Cloud Mountain Minnow
White Cloud Mountain Minnow
White Cloud Mountain Minnow
Quick Facts
Scientific NameTanichthys Albonubes
Other NamesMeteor Minnow, Golden White Cloud,chinese danio
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℃


In the home aquarium, the White Cloud Mountain Minnow will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Tank Mates

2 interesting tank mate ideas for the White Cloud Mountain Minnow could include:

Celestial Pearl Danio(Danio margaritatus)
Saddleback Loach(Homaloptera Orthogoniata)

Sexual Dimorphism

The female Mountain Minnow is slightly larger, and has a more rounded abdomen than the male, whereas the male's body is thin and more vibrant in colour.

Other Minnows of interest

Eurasian Minnow(Phoxinus phoxinus)
Rainbow Shiner(Notropis chrosomus)
Red Shiner(Cyprinella lutrensis)
Vietnamese Cardinal Minnow(Tanichthys micagemmae)
Date Added: 11/06/2020 - Updated: 19/01/2022 14:01:42