White Cloud Mountain minnow Information & Care
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|Sub Family 1||Cold-water fish|
|Common Name||White Cloud Mountain minnow|
|Scientific Name||Tanichthys albonubes|
The White Cloud Mountain minnow (Tanichthys albonubes) is a very hardy species of freshwater aquarium fish. It is a member of the carp family (family Cyprinidae) of order Cypriniformes, native to China and Vietnam.
This species grows to approximately 4 cm (roughly 1.5 in) in overall length, and is silver-green in color, with brilliant red dorsal and caudal fins. The dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins are edged in yellow or white. Sexual dimorphism is slight, the male generally possessing more brilliant coloration.]
White Cloud Mountain minnows are considered good fish for beginners, as they are extremely forgiving with regard to aquarium temperature or water quality, and make an ideal "starter fish" for cycling a new aquarium. They are schooling fish, and feel most comfortable in a shoal of at least five minnows. They are peaceful and happy to coexist with other fish.
While normal temperature range of the species in the wild is 18–22°C (64–72°F), it can survive water temperatures down to 5°C (41°F); this makes it an ideal fish for keeping in an unheated aquarium in cold climates.