Kuhli Loach Information & Care
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|Common Name||Kuhli Loach|
|Scientific Name||Pangio kuhlii|
A Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii) is a small worm-like freshwater fish belonging to the loach family (Cobitidae). The fish is also commonly called Coolie Loach, Giant Coolie Loach, Striped Loach, and Leopard Loach. Originating in Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula, it is commonly kept as a pet in tropical aquaria. They have an orange body, about 4 in (10 cm) long, with 6 to 10 often irregular dark bands along the length and some barbels about their mouth.
The natural habitat of the Kuhli Loach is the sandy beds of slow-moving rivers and clean mountain streams. They are a social fish and are typically found in small schools, but are cautious and nocturnal by nature and swim near the bottom where they feed or around obstacles. They natively live in a tropical climate and prefer water with a 5.5 - 6.5 pH, a water hardness of 5.0 dGH, and a temperature range of 75 - 86 °F (24 - 30 °C).