General DescriptionIn its natural form this species is silver-green in colour with a bright red caudal fin.
There are now several varieties available including: bright light edges to the dorsal and anal fins, a long-finned variety and a golden variety.
The males tend to be brighter coloured with a slimmer body.
DistributionThe White Cloud Mountain Minnow originates from China, but it is virtually
extinct in its native habitat.
Size4 cm (1.5 in)
Life span3 to 10 years
DifficultyEasy, good for freshwater beginners
BehaviourPeaceful and best kept in schools of 6 or more
Tank Size5 gallon or larger
Tank RegionAll over the tank
Temperature45F - 70F (7C - 21C)
DietOmnivore - will eat many food items including flakes, pellets and live foods.
ReproductionEasy. They need a water temperature of around 68F (20C) and after mating they will lay their eggs on
the bottom of the tank. You must remove the adults otherwise they will eat the eggs.
pH6 - 8
Water Hardness(dH)5 to 25