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That said, there is a problem with your set up. You have too few loaches. Kuhlies are shoaling and highly social fish. They should be in groups of 6 or more. When my shoal died (from old age) down to 3 kuhlies I noticed a sharp withdraw in the remaining fish. They would not eat as well, and I rarely saw them. Upon adding another 6 fish, their appetites increase, and I see a lot more of them now. Plus, the social interactions of these fish are just amazing.

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Breeding the kuhli loach is a challenge that requires work and patience. It’s not something that hobbyists can do without really putting their minds to it. Kuhli loaches are always in demand. Once they reach about 2 inches, they are of salable size. Often, you can trade with other hobbyists in your local fish club. Provided that you maintain a good relationship with the owner of your local fish store, he or she should be happy to take the extra babies off your hands in exchange for fish food or supplies. A few might even buy them outright, but don’t expect to get rich. Be happy if you can cover fish food costs, and enjoy your hobby. At the very least, you’ll be able to brag to your “fishy” friends that you met the challenge!

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To date, breeding the Black Kuhli Loach in captivity by any tropical fish keeping enthusiast has not been documented. These loaches normally frequent the shallow, sluggish areas of the streams and probably move into the flooded fields during the high water season. Black Kuhli Loaches are not normally schooling fish but they do live in clusters of scattered indifiduals.

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The Black Kuhli Loaches behavior is typical of the Pangio genus. They spend much of their time actively scurrying around, over, and through the plants and decorations at the bottom of the aquarium scavenging for leftover foods that settle on the bottom of the tank. They are great little helpers and aid in aquarium maintenance of a community tank. At times they will lie on their sides and give the impression that they are ill. This is normal behavior for these fish and is done when they have insufficient hiding places in their tank. These loaches like planted tanks with driftwood, rocks, plant roots and caves to explore and hide in.

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Many fish can be kept as tank mates with the Kuhli Loach as long as precaution is taken not to include fish that are able to take them for a bite of food. In other words, don't keep fish that are big enough to eat them. They scavenge for food mainly at dusk or in the dark as they are nocturnal, and spend most of their time hiding in the substrate, plants and decorations during the day. But with time most of them readily learn to eat during the day time. Being scavengers they eat most fish food, however sinking food pellets are preferred as well as live foods, for instance; bloodworms and brineshrimp. It is recommended to feed them either, just before the lights are turned off for the night or after the lights have been off for a while. Dont switch on the lights during the process it may scare the fish back into hiding. This is sometimes done with a flashlight when a curious hobbiest wants to see whats going on when its dark inside the tank, but NEVER shine a flashlight into the tank after the lights have been off for a few hours! It will put the other fish and maybe the kuhli loach into a state of shock!Kuhli loaches are mostly bred in their native areas as they are very much available most of the time. Breeding in the home aquarium can be difficult. The eggs are stuck to roots, buried beneath the surface of the substrate. Females are plumper when ready to breed. This is the only way to identify the sexes. Most breeding is done accidentally when many kuhli loaches are put in a tank together and they breed by themselves. If you want to try and breed them, the best way is to get a bunch of them in a tank with an undergravel filter. Leave the kuhli loaches by themselves without any other fish for a few weeks, while still doing regular maintenance.