White Cloud (Tanichthys Albonubes)

Little Fish White Cloud Mountain Minnow – Brief Guide

White Cloud (Tanichthys Albonubes)

White Cloud (Tanichthys Albonubes)

Quick Stats

  1. Origin: White Mountain, China
  2. Size: 3-4cm
  3. Temperature: 15-22°C


The full common name of this little fish it the White Cloud Mountain Minnow, but it is much easier to call them White Clouds simply.

This fish was the first in its genus to be introduced to the aquarium world, and early on, it was more expensive than most fish its size.

However, it proved extraordinarily hardy and easy to breed, so the price quickly fell. For nearly 70 years after its discovery, White Clouds were thought to be the only members of the genus Tanichthys, but in the last decade, two or three new species have been discovered in Vietnam (one of which is being sold as the Vietnam White Cloud).

Tank Setup & temperature maintenance:

These require warmer waters and should not be treated the same as the original White Cloud. White clouds are tolerant of a wide range of temperatures. They are quite comfortable in an unheated aquarium, but do not attempt to keep them in freezing water…room temperature is fine.

In an unheated tank, they make the perfect community fish. Many people keep them in water with their tropical fish. This results in shortened lifespans. White Clouds are endangered in nature but are being reintroduced to their traditional waters by using aquarium stock.

Tank Size: They are schooling fish and should be kept in a group of 10 or more. A school of this size can be held in a tank 60cm x 30cm. Longfin and Golden hybrids are frequently available.


White Clouds eat anything that is small enough for them to swallow. To condition them for breeding or improve their color, feed with small live or frozen food.


White Clouds are most comfortable in planted tanks..the more plants, the better. The also like strong aeration and will do well in a container with a strong current like a hillstream setup provided that there are places for them to rest out of the present.


Egg-scatterers. You can quickly get them to spawn if you put them outside in a container with an airstone. If you want to raise a large number of the young fish, remove the parents after spawning.
Notes. I did not include this fish in my Sunday, coldwater fish profiles because this fish is firmly established in the tropical fish trade and I want to use those Sunday posts to introduce fish that could/should be in the hobby.

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