Gold White Cloud
Tanichthys albonubes

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

Less than 2

Minimum Tank Size



Yellow, Red



Water Conditions

64-72° F, KH 10-15, pH 6.5-7.5


General: Golden white clouds are very active schooling fish and will add a lot of activity and color to the home aquarium. The gold white cloud is a color morph of the white cloud mountain minnow which originates from mountainous streams in China. They are endangered in the wild, so many individuals found in fish stores are captive bred. Golden white clouds require a planted aquarium with a sufficient water current to mimic their habitat of mountain streams, although the current should not be too strong.

Fecundity: To condition golden white clouds to spawn, they should be fed high quality foods such as live or frozen brine shrimp or blood worms. Golden white clouds will scatter their eggs, and a medium should be established in the aquarium that the eggs can fall into and be protected, such as dense groups of plantings or grating. Many aquarists report that light can trigger spawning in the morning, so consider setting up the breeding aquarium by a window. The adult golden white clouds should be separated after spawning to avoid the instance of eggs being eaten. Fry will hatch after around two days and will be verys small. Because of their size they will at first need to be fed infusoria and then baby brine shrimp once they grow larger.

Water Chemistry: Golden white clouds prefer a water temperature that ranges from 64-72F, a KH that ranges from 10-15, and a pH that ranges from 6.5-7.5.

Aquarium Diet: Golden white clouds mainly feed on small crustaceans and insects in the wild. In the home aquarium they will accept live or frozen blood worm and brine shrimp, flake, and small pellets.

Dimorphism: Male golden white clouds are generally smaller and more colorful than females.

Compatibility: Golden white clouds prefer to be kept in schools and are very outgoing, peaceful fish. Accordingly so, tankmates should also be smaller peaceful fish, such as danios, panda garras, small loaches, rasboras, and smaller tetras.

Gold White Cloud Photo Gallery

Author: Aquatics Unlimited