Kuhli Loach And Filter Intake

axel

Member
I just got 6 kuhlI loaches and one of them is missing. I noticed my canister filter intake seems to fit in kuhlI loach body size. I didnt know they were that small. But then again They sometimes burrow in sand and makes it hard to find them. What do you guys do to make sure they don't get sucked into the filter? I'm planning to cover it with sponge but wouldnt that reduce water flow?
 

Aqua 59

Member
I don't know- can you post a picture of the filter? Is there any way you can look inside of it? I would put mesh over the opening instead of sponge.
 

Mcasella

Member
Sponge is fine over the intake, it is easier to clean off debris than mesh would be.
 
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axel

Member
Now 2 loach missing. I found this one hanging on filter intake. Theres other one a little smaller than him. I'm not so sure if they can fit. Do they eat algae?
 

Mcasella

Member
I would open your cannister and see if they are inside, they can fit through amazingly small gaps.
 
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axel

Member
Mcasella said:
I would open your cannister and see if they are inside, they can fit through amazingly small gaps.
Nvm I found one of the missing. They are pretty good at hiding lol. one still missing though. Does cover it with net will do? I will check it tomorrow, Its midnight here and I'm pretty tired
 

Ravynn

Member
They can and will fit into any intake. I would tie mesh around it. Easiest way is to get a filter media bag made of fine mesh and cut to fit and use a rubber band to secure. You can also use fluval prefilter sponges if they'll fit. If not, you can get a sponge and cut out a hole that'll allow it to fit tightly over the intake.
 
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axel

Member
Ravynn said:
They can and will fit into any intake. I would tie mesh around it. Easiest way is to get a filter media bag made of fine mesh and cut to fit and use a rubber band to secure. You can also use fluval prefilter sponges if they'll fit. If not, you can get a sponge and cut out a hole that'll allow it to fit tightly over the intake.
tie it with fish net will work right?
 

Terabyte

Member
I used to have this same problem.... Use a sponge on the intake
 

Fahn

Member
Agreed with a sponge over the intake. During your weekly water change just take it off and wring it out under the faucet really well.
 
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axel

Member
Fahn said:
Agreed with a sponge over the intake. During your weekly water change just take it off and wring it out under the faucet really well.
Found all of them loaches. They submersed in sand so quickly its hard to find them. will the sponge get sucked by filter intake?
 

Fahn

Member
axel said:
Found all of them loaches. They submersed in sand so quickly its hard to find them. will the sponge get sucked by filter intake?
Nope, should be just fine.
 

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