i want a kuhli...

Discussion in 'Kuhli Loach' started by wierdoinabowl3498, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. wierdoinabowl3498Valued MemberMember

  2. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    what size tank? They like to be in large groups.
  3. plugWell Known MemberMember

    They like to be in schools maybe 6 or so and they are more visible that way
    In small numbers they hide more and not as visible

    As fas as I can see they would go fine with your fish
    They like lots of hiding places and they like digging into sand or even gravel (at least they try to)

    They are very fun fish to watch
  4. AmazonPassionModeratorModerator Member

    If it is for your 10 gallon tank I would say "no". I would suggest a minimum of 20g long for Kuhli loaches.

    I currently have 12-15 in my 100g tank. Larger group the better. You can see their personalities a lot more if you have a big group.
  5. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I agree, I wouldn't suggest less than 10.
  6. wierdoinabowl3498Valued MemberMember

    i have a 2o gal. my ten gal is a nursery.
  7. MotherMajesty:)Valued MemberMember

    If you want fish that you're actually going to be able to see in your tank, the Black Kuhlis are much more active than the striped ones. I have 6 in my 90g, and they're out almost all the time. When I had the striped ones the only time I saw them was when I cleaned the tank - and I had them for years. Maybe that's just my experience, but I've found the difference in behavior to be quite remarkable.

    I didn't realize until I was reading fish profiles on a different site that Black Kuhlis and 'regular' Kuhlis are different species in the same genus. (Is that the right wording? I'm sure someone will correct me if it's wrong.) Maybe that's why they're so different in personality?

    Anyway, just my 2 cents... :)
  8. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Yes, they are different species, same genus. The black kuhlis are pangio oblongas and the striped are pangio pangias.

    IMO a 20 is too small, but I like to give my fish plenty of room to swim.
  9. AmazonPassionModeratorModerator Member

    Black Kuhlis are Pangio oblonga...sometimes they can be mistaken for Cinnamon Kuhlis (Pangio pangia) which look similar but lighter and shorter.

    Stripe Kuhlis which are seen in stores are Pangio kuhli.

    There different species of stripe kuhlis also.

    Kuhli species:
    Pangio kuhli
    Pangio myersi
    Pangio malayana
    Pangio alternans
    Pangio anguillaris
    Pangio cuneovirgata
    Pangio oblonga
    Pangio pangia
    Pangio piperata
    Pangio semicincta
    Pangio shelfordii
    Panda Kuhli
  10. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    that's right.
  11. MotherMajesty:)Valued MemberMember

    Wow! That's a lot of Kuhlis! :) Are any of the other types available in the aquarium trade?
  12. AmazonPassionModeratorModerator Member

    All the ones I listed are. You have to find a specialty dealer though.