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Has anyone had experience with White/Gold Cloud Mountain Minnows?
I am still cycling my 15 gallon, and have started to look into stocking again. I saw these fish in an old aquarium book of mine, and did some further research. I was originally going for Neon Tetras, however I would like to look into these fish as well. (I don't imagine this will change anything but I am planning on getting the gold-colored variety.)
Some other info:
My aquarium is 24 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches long
I have a Aquaclear 30 HOB filter running on it
Substrate is Eco-complete Planted Aquarium Substrate
dH: is unknown
I have a heater, but will be removing it if I get these fish after all. The room temperature is usually around 70-75° F.
If I get these fish it will be a species only aquarium. Possibly a few shrimp though.
And at last my questions:
How many would be comfortable in my 15? I would imagine 7-8? Although there are many different answers on different forums.
I will be feeding New Life Spectrum 0.5 mm small fish pellets. Is there anything that I should supplement their diet with?
How often and in what condition do these fish spawn? I need to know if I should be prepared for fry at some point or another.
What are some tankmates that could go with mountain minnows? Just out of curiosity.
Any tips/past experiences are very much welcome! Thank you!
Last edited by Ivy; 12-14-2013 at 11:20 PM.-Ivy
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• 15 gallon long: One betta fish. Still working on it. Will be a planted aquarium.
12-14-2013, 11:45 PM #2
Here's more information on White Could Mountain Minnows.
I would add a vegetable or spirulina based flake to their diet. The NLS small fish formula is good as well along with brine shrimp fed occasionally. White\Gold Clouds are fun to watch. The males will perform a dance and display for the females. You can make a spawning mop or use Java Moss and they will lay eggs in either. 10 -12 would easily get along in a 15 gallon tank given even numbers of males to females.
Last edited by Taurus; 12-14-2013 at 11:49 PM.When in doubt, do a water change.
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12-20-2013, 08:00 AM #3
I'd say you could probably keep something like 10, assuming you'll have some plants in there. I'd suggest you put some Java fern and Java moss in there, both are really easy to grow and don't need special lighting, plus fish like them.
I kept some in a 10g with zebra danios once. I know, not good. That was years ago, I was just starting and kind of clueless. The danios harassed the white clouds quite a bit, though they could just have been bored in the small tank. You could probably keep habrosus (dwarf) cories in there. Pygmaeus (pygmy) cories would be good, but they're mid-level fish more than bottom fish. I'm pretty sure cories are happy in the colder water that white clouds need, but aside from goldfish I can't think of anything else that's cold-water.
You could try maybe 7 white clouds and 6 dwarf cories... Might want to get a second opinion on if that's too many, though.
Ooh, just remembered that cherry shrimp are alright with colder water, as far as I know. I bet a group of cherries would do pretty well in there, assuming that you had some plants and cover, and I don't think the white clouds would eat adults. They'd probably eat the babies, but there isn't much that won't.I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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12-20-2013, 06:26 PM #4