Kuhli Loach Care

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What do you prefer sand or gravel?

Poll closed Aug 22, 2017.
  1. Sand

    5 vote(s)
    100.0%
  2. Gravel

    0 vote(s)
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  1. Ankers

    Ankers Well Known Member Member

    I want to get a group of kuhli loaches anything I need to know
     
  2. Samuel97

    Samuel97 Well Known Member Member

    Get them from a good supplier as they can sometimes be sick, get as large a group as you can to keep them happy, and give them lots of hiding places and tubes to make them comfortable.
     
  3. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    They can be shy fish so keep them in a large group and give them loads of cover. Give them sand because they like to bury themselves in it and they like to sift through the sand. Feed them small sinking foods and frozen foods. They prefer soft acidic water but will adapt to most water.
     
  4. OP
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    Ankers

    Ankers Well Known Member Member

    how would I clean the sand
     
  5. JeffK

    JeffK Well Known Member Member

    Since food, poop, etc doesn't fall through the cracks like it does in gravel, it just sits on the top of sand - usually easy to see. I just "hover" my aquarium vac tube over it and it sucks it right up.
     
  6. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    You just use a siphon and hold it a little above the surface of the sand. It's actually easier to keep clean than gravel IME because dirt falls between the gaps in gravel but it sits on top of the sand.
     
  7. OP
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    Ankers

    Ankers Well Known Member Member

    Thanks
    Would the sand potentially scratch the eyes of my other fish
     
  8. Samuel97

    Samuel97 Well Known Member Member

    No, most fish are from places with sand naturally so that's not a problem :p
     
  9. OP
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    Ankers

    Ankers Well Known Member Member

    Would the sand be bad for golden zebra loaches and or plecos. Could they swallow it and if so would it be harmful?
     
  10. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    No, pretty much every bottom dwelling fish prefers sand to gravel. If they swallow it it is much more easily digested and pooped out than gravel and causes no problems
     
  11. OP
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    Ankers

    Ankers Well Known Member Member

    Would the pleco still like some rocks to clean off

    Loach and pleco
     

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