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MCMM activity level

I'm looking at setting up another tank and see everyone raving about white cloud mountain minnows. How active are they?

I had ember tetras and they were fairly inactive, mostly staying in one place and now have zebra danios which are ridiculously active. (They wouldn't be in the danio tank).

YouTube videos seem to show a range of activity so I'm curious about actual behaviors.

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Mine were always rather active. Maybe not quite zip around all day like danios, but they were a lot more active than my neons and glowlights. Maybe on par with my black neons or a little more.
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Yes very active. Go with the long-fin variety. So beautiful.


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I've been selectively breeding red long finned WCMMs for about 12 years now. Mine never hold still. I can't even get a good photo in the tank.

And If I catch them, they fade out:

But rest assured, they go and go. Do bear in mind they do best in unheated tanks.
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I've been selectively breeding red long finned WCMMs for about 12 years now. Mine never hold still. I can't even get a good photo in the tank.

And If I catch them, they fade out:

But rest assured, they go and go. Do bear in mind they do best in unheated tanks.
Very beautiful! I just bought regular WCMM today because I couldn't find a good source for the long finned version. Do you sell your progeny? I'm not looking immediately for new fish, but I'm definitely interested for the indeterminate future and in your region.
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[QUOTE=Blue Ridge Reef;11342945]I've been selectively breeding red long finned WCMMs for about 12 years now.

Those are gorgeous!

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I didn't even know long fin was an option. Thanks for the advice.

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I didn't even know long fin was an option. Thanks for the advice.

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Yes and very cool when they flare to each other. If you can buy those red ones above buy those lol. Amazing. I asked my lfs about long fin goldens and they had no idea they existed. Those above are awesome.


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Very beautiful! I just bought regular WCMM today because I couldn't find a good source for the long finned version. Do you sell your progeny? I'm not looking immediately for new fish, but I'm definitely interested for the indeterminate future and in your region.
Thank you. Shipping fish that don't suffer warm conditions is tough. I've done it, and will again, but I sure do prefer face to face sales with these. The best shipping windows seem to be 40 to 70 degrees, which pretty much means spring and late fall unless there's a lucky summer cold snap. Add to that, water is heavy and you don't want them in the bag more than 2 days ideally so shipping costs are prohibitive.

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Very beautiful! I just bought regular WCMM today because I couldn't find a good source for the long finned version. Do you sell your progeny? I'm not looking immediately for new fish, but I'm definitely interested for the indeterminate future and in your region.
These White Clouds are absolutely gorgeous.

I imagine they would eat shrimp-lets given the chance?

My mind is working on how to fit them in somewhere. Lol.

Maybe I could just set up an aquarium for them alone....
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Thank you. Shipping fish that don't suffer warm conditions is tough. I've done it, and will again, but I sure do prefer face to face sales with these. The best shipping windows seem to be 40 to 70 degrees, which pretty much means spring and late fall unless there's a lucky summer cold snap. Add to that, water is heavy and you don't want them in the bag more than 2 days ideally so shipping costs are prohibitive.
Actually, I'm not far from you and have quite a few friends in the Asheville area and pre-pandemic days I'd be up there a few times a year. I have no idea when that will resume, but if I'm ever going in the area and have space for them I'll send you a message and see if you have some stock. This is highly theoretical at this point, as I'm sticking close to home these days.
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These White Clouds are absolutely gorgeous.

I imagine they would eat shrimp-lets given the chance?

My mind is working on how to fit them in somewhere. Lol.

Maybe I could just set up an aquarium for them alone....
I rarely see a new shrimp in their tank, but they leave the adults alone at least. I put grow-outs in my shrimp tanks every year while I grade them, the little ones don't cause any trouble. But these are beefy for WCMM, don't recall if they were so big when I started with them or if I've accidentally bred for that by my selection of breeders. I don't have my old avatar photo, but that's the only picture I have of one of the originals. It wasn't until I photoed some a couple of years ago that I realized how much they'd changed over the generations.
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