This species of fish is very hardy and well suited for the beginner aquarist. Although undemanding when it comes to water quality, this minnow does not deal with heat well, preferring water in the 64–72 degrees Fahrenheit (18–22 degrees Celsius) range. There is evidence that keeping White Cloud Mountain Minnows in warmer water (constantly above 72 F [22 C]) will shorten their lifespan. It is well known that they display richer colors when kept in water that is a bit cooler than the typical tropical aquarium temperature of 78 F.
Substrate for the White Cloud Mountain Minnow tank should be fine and darker in color, with plenty of vegetation as well as some rocks and driftwood. Leave an open area for swimming and offer subdued lighting to bring out the colors of this fish. Water hardness and pH are not critical, but it is wise to avoid extremes. Avoid the use of medications with copper, as White Cloud Mountain Minnows are very sensitive to copper.
White Cloud Mountain Minnows are sometimes kept as a pond fish, to help control the breeding of mosquitoes. Keep in mind that they cannot be kept with large pond fish, as they will be eaten. They do make good companions for frogs.