Black Kuhlii Loach


The Black Kuhlii Loach is one of about 100 species in the Cobitidae family. Loaches are bottom dwelling scavengers with reduced or absent scales and a mouth surrounded by barbels used to taste. At times, the loach will lie on its side when there are insufficient hiding places, giving the impression that it is sick; this behavior is normal.

Largely nocturnal, loaches are shy fish that like to hide among driftwood, plant roots, rocks, and caves. Loaches are peaceful fish that get along well with other peaceful community tank mates.

Unfortunately, the breeding habits of the Black Kuhlii Loach have not been documented.

Although it is a scavenger, Pangio semicinctus is largely carnivorous, preferring freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, as well as frozen and live foods of all types. With time and training, the Black Kuhlii Loach may accept flake foods.

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leigh March 2, 2010 at 8:38 am

I have 2 loaches…i purchased them to help with my ammonia spike…they worked a treat as they eat all the nasties under the gravel! Brilliant fish!!

Mercedes June 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I have four Kuhlis and I love them. They really put on a show by “playing tag” together and swimming together yet chasing each other. When the lights go out it is an all out party. They really clean up the tank well, I mostly wanted them because I liked them and how they look. I also knew they’d love the hideaways in my tank. They seem very easy to keep and don’t have any issues they even adapted within like 2 minutes. I’d recommend some sinking food tablets or pellets if you don’t have a planted tank or just a little bit if you have a planted tank to make sure they get enough food. My other fish eat far faster than these guys sometimes.

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