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The White Cloud Mountain minnow(Tanichthys albonubes) is a hardy, species of freshwater fish and coldwater fish often kept in aquaria.These creatures are brilliant for children as very easy to look after. It is a member of the carp family (family Cyprinidae) of order Cypriniformes, native to China. The White Cloud Mountain Minnow is practically extinct in its native habitat. It was believed to be extinct for some years, but an apparently native population of this fish was discovered on "Hainan Island", well away from the White Cloud Mountain. They are bred in farms and are easily available through the aquarium trade or this site. This species grows to approximately 1.5 in in overall length, and is silver-green in color with a bright red caudal fin. Several varieties are known, one with bright light edges to the dorsal and anal fins and one with red edges to those fins. In addition, there is a long-finned variety and a golden variety. Sexual dimorphism is slight. The male generally has brighter colors and a slimmer body. White Cloud Mountain minnows are considered good fish for beginners, as they are extremely forgiving with regard to aquarium temperature and water quality. They are often sold as ideal "starter fish" for cycling a new aquarium, however it is kinder if they are introduced to an already cycled tank. They are schooling fish, and feel most comfortable in a group of at least five. An individual of these minnows kept alone may become timid and lose its bright color. White Clouds are generally peaceful and happy to coexist with other fish, as long as they are not put in a tank with larger fish that may eat them. The minnows are usually top or middle-level swimmers and rarely swim close to the bottom of a tank. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia