White Cloud Mountain Minnows
Tanichthys albonubes



    This little fish comes from the White Cloud Mountain region of China (somewhere near Hong Kong), and was discovered by a Boy Scout called Tan hence its name "Tanichthys" meaning "Tan's fish"

    It likes cool, clean, flowing water, and therefore does not need to be kept in a heated aquarium. In fact it does not do very well in temperatures above  25-26 C (80 F). The temperature range most suitable for this fish is 18-22 C  (64-72F), but it will tolerate temperatures both a little lower and a little higher than this.

    The White Cloud Mountain Minnow is a peaceful, but lively, schooling fish that should never be kept in a group of less than six fish, and preferably kept in a group of a dozen or more. It is omnivorous, and easily fed accepting anything offered to it that will fit in its mouth. It does really appreciate some live food occasionally (mosquito larvae, blood worms, white worms, brine shrimp etc) if at all possible.

    This fish is an egg-layer and is easily bred. It has the added quality, being that if well fed, it will not eat its own eggs nor will it eat its own young. The young fish are eye catching...and due to their bright colours are often mistaken for young Neon Tetras.

    These little fish makes a great introduction to fish keeping for beginners, being easily kept, undemanding, and easily bred. If you haven't already kept the White Cloud, I encourage you to do so.

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