Light versus dark color values in a White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)

White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)
White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)

Ceramic artwork colors for a White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)

Ceramic artwork colors for a White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)
Ceramic artwork colors for a White Cloud Mountain Minnow

Ceramic artwork colors for a White Cloud Mountain Minnow - View fish in tank

By looking at live fish, in the tank, you can see the real colors and hues. This allows you to see how the colors come together "live" and then in turn helps mix up the right ceramic paints that will look great.

White Cloud Mountain Minnow or Tanichthys Albonubes is a hardy species of freshwater fish and coldwater fish that is often kept in aquariums. The species is a member of the Cypriniformes order carp tribe, native to China. The White Cloud Mountain Minnow is virtually extinct in its native habitat due to pollution and tourism. It was thought to have been extinct for more than 20 years in 1980, but an apparently native population of this fish was discovered on Hainan Island, far away from White Cloud Mountain. They are raised in farms and are readily available through aquarium trade.

Nevertheless, inbreeding in farms has led to a genetically defective herd, resistant to disease and prone to physical deformities.

This species grows to about 4 cm (about 1.5 inches) in overall length and is silver-green in color with a bright red caudal and a dorsal fin. Many types have been produced through the domestication of the fish, one with white edges to the dorsal and anal fins and one with red edges to the fins. The species can also be found in a golden cultivar and a pinkish-pink variety that shows red on all fins, and all color morphs can have a long finnage. Sexual dimorphism is minimal but evident.

In general, the male has brighter colors and a slimmer body, and the male's dorsal and anal fins are broad and fan-shaped, while the females are triangular and wedge-shaped. Females also have a whiter, dilated belly.

White Cloud Mountain Minnows are known to be good fish for beginners, as they are highly tolerant in terms of aquarium temperature and water quality. Regular flake or pellet food is readily accepted. They are often sold as ideal starter fish for the cycling of a new aquarium, but this phase can be stressful or even fatal, and it is best to put the fish in an already cycled tank. They're shoaling fish, and they feel most comfortable in a group of at least five. An individual of these minnows, held alone, may become shy and lose its bright color.

White Clouds are usually peaceful and happy to coexist with other fish, as long as they are not placed in a tank of larger fish that can be eaten. Minnows are typically top or middle-level swimmers and never dive near the bottom of a tank. Typical lifespans can last for five years or longer.

White Clouds are easy to breed and recommended for beginner breeders. They may be prepared for breeding with live food such as brine shrimp and daphnia. The most colorful minnows should be put in a small pond with a spawning mop or some java moss. Males will try to attract females by showing their fins, frequently beside each other.

References
White Cloud Mountain Minnow
Tanichthys albonubes LIN, 1932 White Cloud Mountain Minnow
White Cloud Mountain minnow

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