Black Kuhli Loaches are one of the 100 species of the Cobitidae family. They are about twice the size of the more common Banded Kuhli Loach and have a solid charcoal color. Mainly residing at the bottom of the tank, they have absent or reduced scales and a mouth surrounded by barbels that they use to taste.
They are primarily nocturnal and are most active at nighttime and twilight. Black Kuhli Loaches are also shy, preferring to hide among plant roots, driftwood, caves, and rocks. They will sometimes lie on their side when there are insufficient hiding places.
The ideal tank mates for Black Kuhli Loaches are other Kuhli Loaches. However, since they are very peaceful, they will get along nicely with other non-aggressive aquarium fish. In fact, having at least five fish of the same species tends to make Kuhli Loaches happier and more active.
However, if you are going for a multi-species tank, consider adding freshwater fish that will occupy other areas and won’t interfere with the Loaches as they burrow in the substrate.
You could pair them with fish that spend most of their time closer to the surface, such as Danios, Tetras, and Rasboras. Gouramis would also be ideal tank mates since they spend most of their time swimming in the middle of the tank. Though many hobbyists pair Black Kuhli Loaches with fish that live in other parts of the tank, they can still coexist with other non-aggressive bottom dwellers like Red Cherry Shrimp and Corydoras.
Black Kuhli Loaches are easy to please when it comes to food. However, though they are omnivorous and will eat almost anything, they prefer frozen or live protein-based foods. Therefore, regularly include bloodworms, tubifex, brine shrimp, and water fleas in their diet. You can also give them standard pellets and freeze-dried foods.
Just make sure that the food you give them can sink to the bottom because Black Kuhli Loaches are not going to swim to the surface of the water to eat. You should also feed them several times throughout the day, giving them amounts they can easily consume in a few minutes.
How big do Black Kuhli Loaches get?
Black Kuhli Loaches reach maturity at two and three-quarter inches and have a maximum length of four inches.
What do Black Kuhli Loaches do?
These fishes act as natural filters. They will scavenge the floor, taking in mouthfuls of sand to get anything edible.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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