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Kuhli Loach, Acanthophthalmus kuhli

The Kuhli Loach originated in Asia. It is also called the Coolie Loach, the Leopard Eel and the Striped Loach.  It is known by the scientific names Acanthophthalmus kuhli and Pangio kuhlii.  Kuhlis have long slender worm-like bodies with dark bands over an orange base color.  They have several barbels at their mouth.  Kuhlis will hide most of the time and will feed in darkness by scavenging.  They prefer clear water and a sandy substrate to dig in.  Floating plants will help reduce the lighting.  They will be much more active and visible if kept in groups, but they do not school.  They eat flake foods, freeze-dried foods and tubifex.


I just LOVE weather loaches because they're so crazy, but today I got a Kuli loach and I have to say that this guy is totally nuts!  He is hilarious to watch, just all over the tank. Also, already causing "problems"! - knocked over a tunnel, dug up the substrate, swiping his tail at the others. Very entertaining!  It's hilarious! Kuli and one of my weather loaches (Snakey) are buddies. They lay together with their tails entwined, or lean on each other! So cute!! - karne 

Kuhli's are the shiznits!  I have a pack of 4 and it's cool to watch them hanging out on the leaves of my plants. It's almost like Koolio, Warren G, Snoop & Dr. Dre are just kicking back, chillin when on the plants. (I give my fish "group names") - obyone 

I have 5 Khuli Loaches, 4 with stripes and one without. they look like ribbons whizzing across the tank. I have seen them play in the air bubble wand and it whips them around a bit and they keep going back into it. - sherylee

For more information, visit www.loaches.com Kuhli Loach, Acanthophthalmus kuhli

Scientific Name: Acanthophthalmus kuhli
Family: Loach
Temperature: 21 - 30 C; 70 - 86 F
pH: 5.5 - 6.5
Size: 10 cm;  4 inches
Life Span: years
Breeding: Difficult, Egglayer


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