Pangio kuhlii
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Pangio kuhlii

Common Names: Coolie Loach
Kuhli Loach
Synonyms: Acanthophthalmus kuhlii
Cobitis kuhlii
Family: Cobitidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: Asia; Southeast Asia.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; Timid, when they are first introduced into your aquarium. After a few weeks, they will come out during the day to feed. Will be very active during the day if it is kept in a school.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: In a well balanced tank a Kuhli Loach will eat from the food that falls to the bottom of the tank. Otherwise the Kuhli Loach can be fed at night with small live foods and freeze dried tablets. Make sure there are no sharp rocks or sharp gravel. Make sure there is plenty of fine-leaved plant in the tank. Dim lighting is recommended if it is to be seen in the daytime. Make sure there are plenty of hiding places.
5.5 - 7
24°C - 30°C
75°F - 86°F
4 dH - 8 dH
Potential Size: Male: 12cm (4.7")
Female: 12cm (4.7")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Nocturnal; Nocturnal
Gender: Hard to tell. Males have a more muscular upper body appearance, and usually have larger pectoral fins with more black markings on them. Females have fatter lower bodies with green eggs that become quite visible at times.
Breeding: Extremely difficult. Mainly happens by chance where the eggs are laid on floating plants.
Variants: An amelanistic variant (lacking black pigment) of the Kuhli Loach has been bred, though it is seen in stores only rarely.
Comments: They can be very elusive during the day, as they are nocturnal. Also, if you think you've lost your kuhli loach, look carefully. They are very good at finding hiding places, these loaches have even been known to swim up filter intakes!This nocturnal loach feels exposed during the day and will therefore be reluctant to be seen in the open unless socialised and reassured by the company of its own kind. Four or more specimens will increase the feelings of security for the fish and may encourage more frequent and prolonged breaks from cover.
Main Colours: Brown, Yellow
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Not Specified
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