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Black Kuhlii Loach
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Black Kuhlii Loach (Pangio sp.)

Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Red, Tan
Diet Carnivore
Water Conditions 79-86° F, KH 3-5, pH 6.0-6.5
Max. Size 4½"
Origin Southeast Asia
Family Cobitidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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Overview

The Black Kuhlii Loach is one of about 100 species in the Cobitidae family. Loaches are bottom dwelling scavengers with reduced or absent scales and a mouth surrounded by barbels used to taste. At times, the loach will lie on its side when there are insufficient hiding places, giving the impression that it is sick; this behavior is normal.

Largely nocturnal, loaches are shy fish that like to hide among driftwood, plant roots, rocks, and caves. Loaches are peaceful fish that get along well with other peaceful community tank mates.

Unfortunately, the breeding habits of the Black Kuhlii Loach have not been documented.

Although it is a scavenger, Pangio semicinctus is largely carnivorous, preferring freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, as well as frozen and live foods of all types. With time and training, the Black Kuhlii Loach may accept flake foods.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 3"

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Customer Testimonials

Jeffrey H North Quincy , MA
I got two kuhli loachs and they are a good addition to any tank. I put them in my tank with three other fancy goldfish and they don't ever fight with each other or attack them... so I definately recommend this loach to anyone. They also swim around crazily when I put them in the aquarium.
Adam P Birmingham , AL
Although reclusive in the day, the Half Banded Loach is a great addition to any tank. They do a great job cleaning your tank and really are a focal point when they do come out in the day. They are highly sociable and full of character. Greatly recommended!
Mike R El Paso , TX
I love these! They are reclusive, but once they are out, they are really fun to watch with their antics. These are also very good community fish to have,
Honest V Cary , NC
I had one of these in my tank and it's so cute I wish I had another but my tank is full.:(
Ilana B Oklahoma City , OK
I absolutely adore kuhli loaches. When singly or in small groups, you will rarely see them as they spend most of their time buried. But in a larger group they venture out more often, and a feeding frenzy of kuhlis going after an algae pellet is incredibly entertaining.
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