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Tanichthys albonubes
White Cloud Mountain Minnow, WCMM

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These are nice additions to a peaceful tank. They are fairly active but not too fast, and spend most of their time closer to the top of the tank. The males occasionally flare out their fins to give you a good look at their colors. Not the most attractive fish in the world, but nice nonetheless.

Contributed by Adam Dotsey

I've kept white cloud mountain minnows in 40 and 60 liter unheated tanks for a year and after settling in they have spawned many times. Regular aquarium maintenance and constant parameters are almost guarantee for long term success with these coolwater fish. Definitely one of my favourites.

Contributed by Andrew McPherson

White Cloud Mountain Minnows as a working fish: Surface skimmer. I do no water changes at all on my planted tanks, since plants prevent substance build-up by taking up things that are available in the water column. A side effect is a nasty film on the water surface. Usually black mollies are used to skim the surface and get rid of the film, as well as unwanted algae. But mollies tend to overpopulate tanks and dine on young shrimp. I decided to try the cheapest fish in the store as a surface skimmer, and got 3 albino WCMM. I found them to be a lot more interesting to watch than mollies, they do a great job of keeping the surface clean, and leave the shrimp alone. I got 8 more, normally colored. The albinos shoal with the normal coloured minnows, and they seem to be breeding all right without any intervention. I get 3 or 4 new fish per month. The very young free seem to get their nutrition from the protein film on the water surface. In conclusion, WCMM are not only a decorative fish, they are a great element in a cleanup crew, with their niche in the top third of the aquarium, not to mention their usefulness as dasher and feeder fish.

Contributed by José Alvarez

White cloud mountain minnows are my husband´s favorite, of all the fish we've had in our aquarium. They are small, peaceful fish and are quite hardy. I would recommend them to anyone who doesn't have angelfish, or another type of fish that will grow large enough to eat smaller fish.

Contributed by Sheila Harris

I am a young fish keeper. I have kept fish in a 40 L tank for 7 years, ever since I was 8 years old. My dad brought home my first 4 fish - they were all White Clouds. I loved them the second I saw them and continued to take great care of them. Almost a year later, two Clouds were born in my tank. They both survived. Over the years, I have lost all original four fish and one of the babies, but they all lived to be at least 3 years old. But Trixter, the other baby fish, is still living today! He is almost 6 years old, and is still in the same condition he was years ago! This fact demonstates the hardinees of this breed of fish. They are definitely great for beginners, but also good entertainment for anybody, no matter the experience level.

Contributed by a visitor

White Clouds are wonderful fish. I have white clouds with Zebra Danios. They do really good together in a tropical comunity tank. They eat about anything and are good beginning fish. I think the smallest size you should get for white clouds is a 40 liter tank because they like plenty of room to dart around the tank.

Contributed by Matthew Hazard

I keep these minnows outside in a pond as working fish to keep the mosquito lava under control, and they survive the Australian heat and cold well without any intervention from me. I suspect they are not as friendly as some think, as when I introduced six new ones the original six were found torn to shreds the next day. I now have five surviving babies separated from the main pond and suspect the eggs or babies are being eaten, as no babies have emerged within the adult pond.

Contributed by Susan Walmsley

Talk about Hardy.....I have three White Clouds in my small aquarium. I was moving a fish to a different one and somehow got one of the White Clouds stuck in the net. I didn't see him at first and left. Fifteen minutes later I found him and put him back in the aquarium and he has been living now for 1 week+.

Contributed by Pam Landwerlen

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