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Kuhli Loach

Author : Efrain Silva


This fish appears a little eel - looking. It can grow to 5 inches in the wild though it comes in ‘aquarium size’ too. It’s usually not as big in your aquarium (typically around 3 inches). It has 4 sets of barbels around the mouth.

In contrast to numerous other fish, their dorsal blade begins well past the center of their body and their eyes are secured by straightforward skin. Generally they have 10 to 15 dim vertical bars with a pinkish to yellow shading in the center. The underside is typically lighter. A particular trademark is that they have no head scales; this element makes them truly vulnerable to illnesses. Their main body scales are actually quite faint as well, attributing to it all.

Guys and females look fundamentally the same as when not effectively reproducing. The main contrast is that guys have a progressively strong dorsal cross - segment and bigger pectoral blades. Females become bigger when reproducing, and their ovaries can be seen through their skin before bringing forth.


Not much need be said here, this time. Their diet is carnivorous. They crave those meats! Feed them plenty of protein, and keep it all balanced….


They start from Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula and can then be found all over. This snake-like animal is slim and hangs out at night - time. In an aquarium, the Kuhli Loach can be beyond shy and, when frightened, will dash underneath tank adornments or cover itself, if a fine rock or sandy substrate is available.

Roommate Situation

Kuhli Loaches are serene fish. They are best kept with other little non - forceful fish, for example, Corydoras, Danios, Rasboras and Tetras. They will invest the greater part of their energy swimming at the base of the tank, rummaging and eating the extra food that has sunk onto the sand. In this way, perfect tank mates are those fish which possess the upper districts of the tank. White Cloud Mountain Minnows, Oto Catfish and shrimps like the Red Cherry Shrimp are additionally acceptable tank mates.

Serene pelagic fish, for example, Gouramis are additionally perfect tank associates. Pelagic fish invest the greater part of their energy swimming close to the center or the outside of the water tank. Abstain from keeping them with other huge regional fish, for example, Cichlids and Arowanas. Other large no - no’s are nipping fish, for example, Tiger Barbs, Chinese Algae Eaters, and Angelfish.

Blue Gouramis, Bettas and Red -Tailed Sharks are likewise not incredible colleagues. They are regional and this can wind up causing your Kuhli stress. Don’t keep them with snails. Your Loaches will attempt to eat them.

Other Facts to Note

Level at 5.5 – 6.5 pH, when keeping these fish in your tank. They can tolerate temperatures outside of this range, but it’s not typically recommended. Also shoot for a 5.0 dGH water hardness, if at all possible. Go out and get your Kuhli Loaches from the store today!