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Black Kuhli Loach

Old Price $2.19
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Available in-store only at
3313 Lithia Pinecrest Rd.
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  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
  • Maximum size: 4"
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Swimming level: Bottom
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Tank Setup: 10+ gallons, lightly planted
Note: Pet availability is seasonal. State and local regulations may vary. Pricing may vary by store location. PetSmart stores cannot match the price above for this pet. Ask a store associate for details.

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.

Peaceful with all fish, but may be eaten by larger fish.

Thailand-Borneo: Densely decorate with live plants, rocks and driftwood.

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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Black Kuhli Loach
2.19 New Out Of Stock
Black Kuhli Loach is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 78.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best fish in the Tank!! I bought 4 loaches to go with my 3 Corys and 1 ADF in a 20 gallon tank. I have read that they are shy so I decided to get 4-and they are ANYTHING but shy! I believe it is because of the other fish I have chosen for the community tank but they felt so secure that they did the 'loachy dance' for the whole first week. They swim during the day but are much more active at night and I added many caves to the aquarium just for them, but because they are not scared they rarely go in them. The clean the tank and are so cute to watch darting throughout the aquarium. I would recommend getting at least 3 so that they are comfortable or it is likely you will never get a lone loach away from his hiding place. I've had them a month and everything is great! I'm even thinking about getting 1 or 2 more :) They are a definite addition to a peaceful tank.
Date published: 2011-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ! I have one of these and had him for a long time now.They are friendly and dont chase the other fish.They just go about their bussiness and love to swim up and down.They do eat food on the floor but when i feed him and my other fish he goes up their and eats like a fish and sometimes eats down their too.Plan on getting another one.
Date published: 2010-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kuhli loach Awesome. they have a personallity, eat food that has fallen onto the bottom (especially brine shrimp!). They really like rocks-plants and wood on the bottom. They do not require alot of room in theyre tank. They are community fish.
Date published: 2010-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lively active fish The three kuhlis that I got on Saturday are so fun they swim in the tank all around I haven't had any problems with them hiding or anything and I really like them they add a lot of life to my tank and then go nice with all the other fish.
Date published: 2016-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cute! I have a 20g tank with a normal striped kuhli (Pangio kuhli) and a black kuhli (Pangio oblongus). They are extremely low-maintenance and I love them! Also they aren't aggressive like a lot of their botiine cousins. They do occasionally squabble with tankmates (like my tetras), but otherwise they keep to themselves. I love them!
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun to watch... if you can fins them! I loveeee this fish! They make for a very interesting addition to any tank. Mine waits until I turn off all the lights before he will come out, though. I reccomend that you have some type of shelter if you decide to purchase one of these fellas because they can be exceedingly timid.
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very COOL pets These are my favorite creatures in my aquarium to date.I bought 3 khuli loaches at petsmart on sale for only $1 each.For the first 3 days I only caught a short glimse of one;after 2 weeks I thought the other 2 had perished.But as they got used to their new environment they started to appear at feeding time and then at all times of the day and evening foraging for food.That was until I cleaned the tank,I think that freaked them out.Loaches do enjoy eating sliced cucumber & cooked zuchinni anchored to the bottom and will put on an underwater circus act for you,swimming through the center,lying on their backs and tearing at the flesh.They are very cute and funny to watch resembling little eels with whiskers.Oh and I bought crab & lobster pellets which fall to the bottom,they LOVE those.
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fast! these guys are amazing i bought 2 of them and they are so fast they also keep my tank super clean and they are really cool. they had a hard time getting under my gravel so i bought these huge really colorful fake rocks and they can easily dig under them and i think they are happy to finally have a good plaace to hide for alittle. they eat at the bottom when swiming around but sometimes they go crazy and swim every where and they are super fast.
Date published: 2010-09-05
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I have a 20 gallon tall with 5 neon tetras and 5 female guppies and one male betta do you think i will be able to fit in 3 of these guys?

Asked by: idk123
It depends on how much bottom space your tank has free and how it is set up, you want to give these guys enough space to thrive with a decent amount of hiding places. It's really up to you and what you feel although it might overstock your tank considering how many fish you have. If you feel there's enough space for them to live happily and the tank wouldn't be too crowded, then I suggest getting some hiding places (if you don't already have some) and if you think your tank might be overstocked, put on a filter for larger aquariums.
Answered by: squaaa
Date published: 2019-01-08

Do these guys live okay with betta fish?

Asked by: TDEH7786
These are tropical fish not Coldwater like a goldfish and a goldfish is really messy and need at 15 gallons
Answered by: Nate256877
Date published: 2018-12-13

can i put a single kuhli in with a goldfish?

Asked by: wilder
Usually the only other fish you can put with a goldfish is a goldfish. although certain fish can go in a tank with a goldfish, like a kuhli loach. Make sure you get at least two, because they a very social fish.☺
Answered by: Nature Girl
Date published: 2018-12-11

Do you have any more colorful loachs than the black kuhli loach?

Asked by: dmabry2231
If you like the eal like body of this loach, but want something more colorful, then I suggest the striped khuli loach. They are not available at petsmart though.
Answered by: Nature Girl
Date published: 2018-12-21

Can I get at jackson pet smart

Asked by: Buffalo but
Yes but they are low stock
Answered by: Ffyuuyf
Date published: 2019-01-02

Do they eat Ghost Shrimp because my tank will have Ghost Shrimp in it?

Asked by: Fish4Fun
No they do not they eat the scraps of fish food. They are bottom feeders.
Answered by: frishy05
Date published: 2018-10-12

Do you have any Coolie Loaches in stock at your store?

Asked by: Posie
yes the do but its seasonal so call!
Answered by: cinderk1
Date published: 2019-01-02

Will these guys eat snails? I have a slight infestation....

Asked by: Vanita
No they don’t, but to help with the infestation get an assasain snail. They are a type of snail they gets cannibalistic around other snails
Answered by: Fishbuddy1112223334445t
Date published: 2018-11-02
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