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Common name(s) - Kuhli Loach, ****** Loach
Scientific Name - Pangio (Acanthophthalmus) kuhlii
Native geographical area- Southeast Asia...particularly the surrounding islands
Native habitat - streams or slow moving river with a sandy flooring
Maximum Size - 3.5 inches (9 cm)
Minimum Aquarium Size - 10 gallon
Captive Diet - scavengers--flakes, freeze dried, live food that falls to the bottom
Tank zone- bottom
Temperament & compatibility - peaceful...compatible with most non-aggressive fishes
Hardness range- up to 200 ppm
Optimal hardness- 80 ppm
pH range-5.5 to 7.5
Optimal pH- 6.3 to 6.8
Temperature range- 74-84°F (23-29°C)
Optimal temperature - 76°F (24°C)
Salinity range - little to no salt
Photoperiod - 12/12
Seasonal changes critical? No
Notable sensitivities- Kuhli loaches are very sensitive to medicines.
Hardiness & Lifespan - very hardy...living up to 10 years
Physical description - Khuli Loaches have a eel-like body and is scaleless They have about 15-20 brown bars along their body. These bars stops near the belly. Their body color is a pale orange-pink color. There are three barbels near the mouth.



Activity peak - nocturnal
Habits - can be very shy...preferring dark places such as caves or thick bunches of plants.
Spawning notes - Males tend to be slimmer than the females. Breeding requires a large well planted tank such as a 30 gallon. The female when carrying eggs will be heavily plump. The eggs tend to float and are bright green and in large quantities. After the eggs hatches in 24 hours, remove the parents and feed the babies infusia.
Other notes - Kuhli loaches also comes in albino form. A soft sandy substrate is ideal, since they like to burrow. Prefers to be in groups of five or more. There are also four other variants of the khuli loaches.
 
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