Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii) Fish Species Profile
Kuhli Loaches are a peaceful fish and relatively hardy, and can adapt to a variety of water parameters, and prefer to be kept in schools of 3 or more.
Because of its beauty and its tank cleaning abilities, they have become quite popular in the aquarium hobby.
The kuhli loach is shaped like an eel with slightly narrowed sides, you will see four pairs of barbels around its mouth, and tiny fins.
The dorsal fin starts behind the centre of the body, and the anal fin behind this.
Their eyes are covered with clear skin, and the body has ten to fifteen dark brown, almost black upright bars, and the space between them is a salmon pink to yellow with a light underside.
Even though this species is small in size, they are more suited to experienced aquarists because they are susceptible to diseases, they have a head with no scales, and they are sensitive to medications.
|Scientific Name||Pangio kuhlii|
|Other Names||Coolie Loach, Leopard Loach, Cinnamon Loach|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Trios|
|Lifespan||up to 10 yea|
|Maximum Size||up to 11 cm|
|Temperature||75 - 85 ℉ (23.9 - 29.4 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.0|
|GH||5 - 15|
The Kuhli Loaches natural habitat is in the sandy or soft muddy beds of slow-moving, tropical, clear mountain streams and rivers, in Malasia, Indonesia, Sumatra, Java and Borneo in Southeast Asia.
The water is often shaded from direct sunlight from dense vegetation and treetops, quite acidic and has a very low mineral content thanks to organic materials such as decaying plants.
Kuhli loaches are scavengers, and they will eat anything that reaches the bottom of the tank. They prefer to feed at night, but you can teach them to feed in the day in the home aquarium.
Despite not being fussy, and eating most things you offer them, they do prefer a meat-based diet, so frozen and live foods such as tubifex, brine shrimp, daphnia, or blood worm is the way to go.
To give them a well-balanced diet, you can also feed them vegetables, granules, fish flakes and sinking pellets.