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Kuhli Loach

They are also known as the Coolie Loach, the Leopard Loach or the Cinnamon Loach. This Loach has an eel body shape body that is yellow to pink in color, with multiple dark brown bands or stripes that partially or fully encircle the body and they are scavengers making them great aquarium cleaners. The advantage of this Loach over others is its size. They have a head with no scales, and they are very sensitive to medications. The coolie loach is most active at twilight and at nighttime, both in nature and in the home aquarium, while remaining hidden during the day.

Kuhli Loach

  • Origin: Cobitidae  Originating from Southeast Asia, the coolie loach is indigenous to the streams of Borneo, Java, western Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, and Thailand.

    Pangio kuhlii is one of two dozen species of kuhlis, a number of which closely resemble each other.

  • Care Level: Easy to Moderate  They will tolerate a range of water parameters but prefer water on the acidic side with slightly colder temperatures in the mid-70s Fahrenheit.

    The smooth substrate is a must as these obligate burrowers will be injured by substrates having rough edges, sand is the preferred substrate for these fish.

    Rocks, driftwood, and caves are all the best decor for coolie loaches.

    Keep lighting subdued, however, a well-lit tank is suitable as long as it is heavily planted, thus offering shady places for the loaches to hide.

  • Size: 2-3 Inches  This tiny size makes it easy for them to find little crevices to hide in and access food that other fish can’t.

  • Life Span: 10 Years  The expected lifespan, if housed correctly.