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White Cloud Mountain Minnow
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Scientific Name(s): Tanichthys albonubes
Category: Coldwater
Maximum Size: 5cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 60 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 2ft
Water Temperature Range: 15-22°C
Water pH Range: 6.5-8.0
Water Hardness Range: 3-17 dGH

General Information: These beautiful Minnows are a great addition to a coldwater or sub tropical aquarium. They take the middle of the tank and can be very greedy when it comes to food.
Tank Requirements: See Minimum Tank Volume and Minimum Tank Size above
Diet Requirements: Basic diet of flake food with peas and brine shrimp occasionally.
Compatibility: Short finned variety can be mixed with Zebra Danios for the top and Pepper Corys or Weather Loaches for the bottom if you have a tank more than 4ft at 21 or 22C.
Recommendations: Best kept with fish that can't fit them in their mouths.
Common Problems:
Similar Species: Vietnamese Minnows
Sexing: The males are more colourful and slimmer than the females.
Breeding: Use a marble substrate or a spawning mop, with the water fairly shallow. Then top up with chilled dechlorinated water to induce spawning.
Author(s): EagleC, Violet, Fishlady | Photo: | Views: 67056
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Posted: 22/5/2011 14:52  Updated: 22/5/2011 14:52
Just popping in
Joined: 22/5/2011
From: London
Posts: 3
 Minnows discolouring ?
Hi all,
Just joined up on the site as we've started keeping fish for the first time since me or the girlfriend were young !!.
We have a 55 litre 'old fashioned fair ground' style bowl with one telephone box ornament and 6 different sorts of plants but slowly 2 have been fallen apart so we've removed them and all the loose bits.
Our fish collection consist of 2 fancy tailed goldfish, 1 bottom feeder and 8 minnows (2 lepoard, 2 zebras and 3 white cloud). We've lost 1 bottom feeeder and 1 lepoard recently and within a week of each other but as our water is good and everything looks healthy I guess this part and parcel of fishkeeping.
My only concern is that 1 of the white cloud's has started to lose or fade in colour especailly where he was once very red, any ideas from anyone why this is ?.
All commnets would be very useful especially as were looking to add a few more of each minnow to our collection soon.
Kind regards Rich (gardo)
Posted: 24/10/2013 15:57  Updated: 24/10/2013 15:57
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Joined: 24/10/2013
From: Buckinghamshire
Posts: 1
 Minnow sick! Please help! T.T
I have had five mountain minnows in a tank with other fish for just over a month now. I'm afraid the tank is only a 30 liter but i haven't stuffed it with fish (putting less in than suggested initially) and am doing my utmost to keep it clean :)

However one of the minnows (all of the others are completely fine) has a large stomach (really puffed out) With white patches showing through the skin. It's smaller than the other minnows and swims near the surface with it's head up. I have tested the tank for any ammonia or other changes but all the colours come out in the 'ok' zone. The filter is working fine but a couple of days ago it did get a little clogged up with algae and struggled to work a little, but I quickly cleaned it and it has worked perfectly since (not adding new tap water or anything and scrubbing any extra algae off of the tank walls on the same day. I didn't do a water change because everything else seemed fine.)

Please i've done everything I can but I'm not sure what's wrong! I know minnows close to spawning get fat but i'm sure they don't swim strangely like that so please help!
Posted: 22/2/2015 11:41  Updated: 22/2/2015 11:41
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Joined: 19/2/2015
From: Devon
Posts: 5
 is my white cloud mountain minnow pregnant????

Is my white cloud mountain minnow pregnant?? I need too now by today or tommorow thank u

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