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Loaches are extremely peaceful and live best in a community aquarium with fish of the same disposition. They are communal fish that do best when they are kept in small groups containing 3-6 loaches. Be sure to provide them numerous shelters for greater security. This generally makes them bolder. Like most bottom-dwellers the substrate should consist of a fine-grained or round-edged gravel.
Loaches either lack or have very tiny scales, which means they have almost no protection from toxic materials dissolved in the aquarium. Avoid adding medications to the aquarium unless they are specifically recommended for "scaleless" fish.
Learn about the Black Kuhli Loach
Common Name Black Kuhli Loach
Scientific Name canthophthalmus javanicus
Feeding Habits Small live foods such as fry, brine shrimp, blood worms, glass worms and tubifex worms. Frozen blood worms, glass worms, brine shrimp, beef heart and plankton. Kuhli's are a night scavenger, so feed in the evening.
Compatibility Peaceful with all fish, but may be eaten by larger fish.
Habitat Thailand-Borneo: Densely decorate with live plants, rocks and driftwood.
Breeding There are no distinguishable difference between male and female. During spawning bright green eggs are released.
Additional Comments These loaches hide for long periods of time, making their owners believe they have perished. When in fact they are only coming out when the lights are out to forage for food.
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