Tanichthys Albonubes

(10) 1-1.5" Gold White Cloud Mountain Minnow TR Tanichthys albonubes live

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        Tanichthys albonubes "White Cloud Mountain Minnow" TR      
   Ten subadult fish at 1-1.5".

In 1932, a Chinese scoutmaster named Tan Kam Fei brought a local fishery a minnow from White Cloud Mountain and it would become one of the most popular aquarium pets in the trade. This story is well known among hobbyists, and the genus Tanichthys was erected in Tan's honor. T. albonubes "White Cloud Mountain Minnow" would become the sole member of the family until 2001 when two more species were described out of Vietnam. Sadly, this fish would not be seen in nature for over 25 years, when an isolated population far away from the mountain was finally seen on the Hainan Island in China.

Easy to care for and hardy, these little schooling fish enjoy swimming against the current of the hillstream habitat in the upper third of the water column.  They won't bother your substrate-dwelling fish, though they are ravenous feeders and care should be taken to ensure other tankmates get enough protein-rich foods as needed - the White Clouds will show little interest in any green supplements to the loach's diets.  These beautiful golden-silver fish grow to just over an inch and display brilliant white lateral lines bounded below by a thin black pinstripe.  Each unpaired fin is cherry red and rimmed in shining white and their snouts as well carry this cherry color.  While these fish are beautiful, some folks prefer the fancy color morphs also available - T. albonubes is available in both the leucistic "Gold White Cloud" form as well as a long-finned variety.

White Clouds in nature are micropredators and feed on small insects. They can even tolerate temperatures as low as 41° Fahrenheit. Because of this chilling ability people often keep them in outdoor ponds. Now they may be able to handle this, but by no means should the fish be exposed to this for long periods of time. If you are keeping them outside during winter...

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