The kuhli loach is an eel-shaped fish with slightly compressed sides, four pairs of barbels around the mouth, and very small fins. The dorsal fin starts behind the middle of the body, and the anal fin well behind this. The eyes are covered with a transparent skin. The body has 10 to 15 dark brown to black vertical bars, and the gaps between them are salmon pink to yellow with a light underside. When the fish is not actively breeding, distinctions between males and females are not readily apparent. However, close observation will reveal that males have more a muscular upper/dorsal cross-section and their pectoral fins tend to be larger, more paddle-shaped, and often have some pigment in them. When breeding, the females often become larger than the male and their greenish ovaries can be seen through the skin before spawning. Spawning is not easy, but when it occurs a few hundred greenish eggs are laid among the roots of floating plants. Kuhli loaches reach maturity at inches (7 cm) and have a maximum length of 4 inches (10 cm). This fish can live for up to about 14 years.
The Kuhli Loach is a small eel-like freshwater popular aquarium fish which belongs to the family Cobitidae under Order Cypriniformes of Class Actinopterygii.
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It is essential that the water turnover takes place at a minimum of 10 to 15 times an hour. A filter below the gravel is an option for generating good oxygen all over the aquarium and also for decreasing the waste. Supplementing a power head or canister filter to the arrangement gives good current for the Kuhli Loach fishes.
The Kuhli loach is a bottom dwelling scavenger fish
The article below is designed to give you some background information regarding the Kuhli Loach which we hope will prove to be interesting and we will also cover how to care for these fish and provide them with long and happy lives. It is a general article designed to newcomers for these fish and should prove to be a good basis if you are considering keeping them in your own aquarium.
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