Animal Stories - Kuhli Loach

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The wiggly little Kuhli Loach keeps quite busy snacking on foods left uneaten by the other fish!
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Anna - 2010-06-28
I bought three Khuli loaches about a week ago, they were all very active and healthy looking. Though one of them had a white spot on him like he had rubbed the skin off. The first few days they were fine but today they were flopping about like they were out of water!
I checked their water and everything was as it should be, so I have no clue what is going on. The water is soft and somewhat acidic, Nitrate 0,ph 7.5.
and all of the other fish act fine...I need help.

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  • motasm - 2010-08-12
    The problem is the ph they can't take 7.0 ph its should be from 5.5 ph to.
  • Sam - 2010-12-10
    Hey, I only know what I've read online and what people have told me, but sometimes they're called weather loaches and they can tell when the atmospheric pressure drops and stuff like that, and they become a bit crazy and "spazz out"

    That's only what I've heard though, so that other guy who replied is probably a lot more knowledgeable than me, but worth a heads up!
  • Anna - 2011-03-21
    Okay, so I need softer water I guess.
    I hope I can get more soon. :)
Joe Staham - 2010-08-29
I bought two Kuhli loaches the other day and one of them was HUGE. He was about an inch and instead of having stripes he was a pinkish red. I bought him immediately and settled him into my tank. I've had him for several weeks now and I've noticed that he is much more energetic and not as shy as my other Kuhli loaches.

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  • greg - 2010-10-09
    The ones with no stripes are much better they move around and enjoy a swim about the stripy ones I only ever see at cleaning time in a bucket complete waste of time.
  • Jeff - 2010-10-27
    I live in Atlanta and can't find any store that carries the Kuhli loaches. Does anyone have a mail order recommendation?
  • sam jackson - 2011-01-20
    Could easily be a kuhli or a baby gold weather/ dojo loach. I hope its a kuhli, dojos do best in tanks of 30 gal and up with at least one friend and won't hang out with kuhli once they outgrow them. If your tank is 55gal then go ahead and buy 2 more dojos and some more kuhli other wise I would watch it and make sure it doesn't exceed 3"(the dojo will get 6" minimum and 10" on average) if you're up for it, send me a pic of it to my email
  • james - 2011-02-12
    That is a little one mine is 2 inches 5 to 6 cm.
spencer - 2010-11-20
If you keep too much kuhli loach, they will be active EVEN IN THE DAY AND AFTERNOON as since they are interactive even to bigger fishes. I now keep kuhli loaches thanks to this information on this website as it encourages to keep these fishes. This website sometimes encourages you to keep a certain type of fish either than providing information for you to keep fishes.

leopard loach - 2010-06-15
I have 2 of these loaches is that enough? I haven't seen him eat, I know they're nocturnal but should I do anything?

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  • Bryan - 2010-08-06
    It is recommended at least to have 3-5. 2 is fine but you won't see them activity often and will be hide all the time. Try feed food at night time but first turn the light off then give them some food and see what happen.
Brian Huebner - 2010-04-05
I have a 55 gallon community tank with mostly Tetras, White Clouds, one Male Betta, two Alge Eaters, two Plecos and three Black Kuhli Loaches. The bottom is heavily vegitated and has many rock formations for them to hide. I rarely see the Loaches except when moving from one hidding spot to another, until yesterday when I noticed I had babies. I'm not sure how many (5+), but now they seem to be everywhere.

henry luepke - 2009-05-13
I have one kuhli and it is pitch black and looks so cool. At first when I got it, it hid all the time and I thought it was going to die cause I never saw it eat. But now it's out all the time and I see it cleaning the bottom.

John Bennett - 2009-01-28
I have had a kuhli loach in a heavily planted 20 gal. tank for 12 years. A couple of years ago, when I had not seen him for several weeks, I thought he must have died. Then I noticed my shrimp disappearing. He eventually ate all my shrimp and looked like a loach on steroids! I now make sure he is well fed. I don't know their lifespan, but he is going on 12 and 1/2 years. He has survived everything else several times over.

Kamperoni - 2009-01-23
I love my Kuhlis!! I got five of them 'cause I read they were more active in groups and I absolutely love them. They're so much fun to watch, almost as if they have a human personality, awesome loaches..... and they aren't even afraid of my Kribensis cichlids!

jamal - 2008-07-20
I wonder if this loach will eat small snails. I gotta get ride of these things they are getting out of control.

Pierce Tulley - 2008-03-11
I bought 6 of these one day when they were on sale, 3 for $1.99 - love them so much I bought six more when they weren't on sale! They are shy for sure, but that makes seeing one of them poking a head out from a hiding place all that more special. And of the six in the gourami tank, two are quite active all the time.