Kuhli loach - Pangio kuhlii
Scientific name: Pangio kuhlii
Common name: Kuhli loach
Usual size in fish tanks: 7 - 10 cm (2.76 - 3.94 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 12°N (142.86 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 26 - 30 °C (78.8 - 86°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Pangio Kuhli, also known as Kuhli loach or Coolie loach, is a species of fish native to Java and Borneo. This species has relatively unique and interesting characteristics that make it a popular addition to many aquariums worldwide. It is a peaceful and shy species that thrives best in community tanks, especially with other Asian fish.
With its slender eel-like body, Pangio Kuhli is a distinctive species that is easily recognizable in the aquarium. Adult specimens can reach lengths of 8 - 10 cm and have a long, thin body of light yellow color with large spots on the back. Additionally, there are variants with black color covering the entire body and leaving only some yellow stripes. In some shops, you can also find an albino variation with a white body and pink spots instead of black.
Pangio Kuhli spends most of its time hiding among plants and decorations in the aquarium due to its shy behavior. Therefore, it is important to have enough shelters and hiding spaces in the aquarium to ensure that the fish do not feel threatened and do not experience stressful situations. Kuhli loach thrives best in older, established aquariums where balance has already been achieved, and plants do not require regular maintenance.
When it comes to feeding, Pangio Kuhli primarily feeds on leftover food that other fish do not consume. They can also be fed with granulated or frozen foods intended for bottom-dwelling fish. It is important to note that Pangio Kuhli are nocturnal fish and exhibit most of their activity during the night when they search for food.
Pangio Kuhli prefers a stable and slightly warmer environment in the aquarium. The ideal temperature range for them is between 75°F and 86°F (24°C to 30°C). Maintaining the appropriate temperature is crucial for their overall health and well-being.
Overall, Pangio Kuhli is a fascinating species of fish that brings a special charm to aquariums with its unique appearance and behavior. With proper care and suitable conditions, this fish can be a great addition to your aquarium.
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