Long Fin White Cloud (Tanichthys albonubes variant)
The Long Fin White Cloud, alternatively referred to as Meteor Minnow, is an eye-catching freshwater fish characterized by its extended, graceful fins. It exhibits a glistening silver body with a prominent iridescent white stripe along its side, and its fins showcase a captivating mix of red and white patterns.
As a selectively bred variant of the White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes), the Long Fin White Cloud boasts a longer, flowing tail and more vivid colors. These features have rapidly gained popularity among aquarium enthusiasts, with the fish sharing similar care requirements to its White Cloud Mountain Minnow counterparts.
Long Fin White Clouds have a peaceful, schooling nature. They do best in groups of at least 6 individuals. They grow to approximately 1.5 inches in length and are compatible with other small peaceful tank mates. Compatible tank mates that share their peaceful temperament include Neon Tetras, Harlequin Rasboras, Ember Tetras, Rummy-nose Tetras, Swordtails, Cherry Barbs, and Platies.
Avoid keeping them with fin-nipping fish such as Tiger Barbs, Serpae Tetras, and certain Danio species like Zebra Danios and Giant Danios. Because of their tiny size, do not keep Long Fin White Clouds with larger tankmates or aggressive species, as the other fish will view them as live food.
Long Fin White Clouds have an omnivorous diet, enjoying a variety of foods such as high-quality flake food, freeze-dried bloodworms, brine shrimp, and occasional vegetable matter like blanched spinach or lettuce.
To create an ideal tank habitat, mimic their natural environment, incorporate aquatic plants like Java moss, Anubias, and Java ferns to provide dense vegetation, and arrange rocks and driftwood to create hiding spots and simulate the streambed's structure. A fine gravel or sand substrate is recommended to resemble the natural streambed.
The ideal tank setup for Long Fin White Clouds should be at least 10 to 20 gallons, with a larger aquarium recommended for community setups.
Maintain a gentle water flow to simulate the streams they inhabit and keep the water temperature between 64°F to 72°F (18°C to 22°C), with a pH range of 6.0 to 8.0 and a hardness of 5-19 dGH.
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