The Kuhli Loach, scientifically known as Pangio kuhli, originated in Southeast Asia, specifically Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Borneo, and Sumatra. These exotic and eel-like fish species have an average lifespan of approximately 14 years and can grow up to 3-4 inches long.
Males and females look alike when not breeding. They have a colorful body with a brown-to-burgundy base color and bright orange stripe accents. However, males have larger pectoral fins and a muscular dorsal cross-section. Females grow larger when breeding, and their ovaries are visible just before spawning.
Kuhli Loaches thrive in community tanks and planted aquariums. This peaceful freshwater fish is relatively easy to maintain, favoring soft, low-pH water (7.0 pH or less) and a great deal of cover and refuge (crevices and caves) that makes them feel secure. They do well in groups of at least six or more.
This unique freshwater specimen is getting harder to source as they are sensitive to the shipping process. But, you can find dealer shops specializing in this exotic fish that are experts in their care.
Kuhli Loaches are peaceful fish and pair well with other small non-aggressive fish. Like Tetras, Rasboras, and Danios, other similar-sized peaceful fish do well with Kuhli Loaches, as do other fish species that mostly swim in the middle of the fish tank. Kuhli Loaches also exist well with other non-aggressive bottom dwellers like Red Cherry Shrimp or Corydoras.
Do not keep Kuhli Loaches with other large and territorial fish like Arowanas and Cichlids. Red-Tailed Sharks, Gouramis, and Bettas are also not great companions.
Feeds and Feeding
The Kuhli Loach is not a picky eater, famous as a scavenger and micro-predator. It is accepting of most sinking foods such as community pellets. Supplement their diet with high-quality meat-based foods for optimum health; excellent examples include Repashy gel food, freeze-dried daphnia, tubifex, live blackworms, and frozen bloodworms.
How big a tank does a Kuhli Loach need?
A Kuhli loach needs an aquarium that holds 30 gallons of water. However, some aquarists think you could get away with as little as 20 gallons of water without compromising the health and wellbeing of the fish.
Can you keep a lone Kuhli Loach?
You can keep a Kuhli Loach alone in an aquarium, but experts do not recommend it. Kuhli loaches are peaceful fish species that don’t show aggression in community tanks. They mostly spend their time at the bottom part of the tank and do well in small clusters.
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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