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Striped Kuhli Loach

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Common & Latin Name: Striped Kuhli Loach (Pangio semicincta)

• Care level: Easy
• Max Size:10cm
• Diet: Omnivore
• Temp: 24-30°C
• PH: 6.5-7.5
• Temperament: Peaceful
• Origin: Malaysia, Thailand and Borneo
• Approximate purchase size: 3.5-4cm


How easy are they to keep? Kuhli loach are fish that are relatively easy to keep, a bottom dwelling fish that many consider a scavenger food. Unique fish, with its eel like behaviour and peaceful nature. Best to keep in groups 3 or more. Note, it is advised to keep sand or smooth gravel, so Kuhli don’t scratch their bodies.

How big do they grow? Kuhli loach will grow to a size upto 10cm.

What is the best sized tank for these? We recommend a 30ltr to house a pair of Kuhli loach however the bigger the aquarium the better.

What is best to feed them? Best to feed these loaches a variety of frozen food such as daphnia and bloodworms, and sinking dried food such as catfish pellets.

What water conditions do they require? Naturally come from quite acidic water, so best to keep the water quite soft so would recommend a pH of 7-7.3 and a temperature of 25C. Most importantly keeping stable water parameters and be careful during water changes to avoid extreme fluctuations in pH and temperature

What can they be kept with? A great community fish can be kept with variety fish such as Tetras, Discus, Angels, Livebearers, Gourami’s, Corydoras and many more. Be cautious when adding smaller kuhli loaches with bigger angel fish as they may consider them food. Please see the compatibility chart for more information.

Where are they from? Kuhli Loaches come from the tropical waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Java and surrounding areas. Most commonly found in shallow, slow-moving sections of forest streams or other calm habitats such as swamps, oxbows, and backwaters.

Can they be bred in captivity? Breeding the Kuhli Loach can be difficult in the home aquarium. The eggs buried beneath the surface and stuck to plant roots. Most breeding is done by accident when many coolies are put into a tank and they mate by themselves.

If you require any advice on keeping these, please contact us and speak to member of the team.


Answer: Yes, fish are absolutely fine to be shipped, fish stores have their fish shipped to them also so it doesn't make a difference whether buying online or at a store. Your fish will have been shipped at some point. We want our quality livestock to be delivered in the best condition. We use high-quality poly boxes and heat packs. We ensure the bags are filled with pure oxygen and double bagged. We also use a reliable 24-hour licensed courier.


Answer: The 20 Best tropical fish for beginners we recommend are: Guppies – Poecilia reticulata Neon Tetras – Paracheirodon innesi Platy – Xiphophorus maculatus Zebra Danio – Danio rerio Dwarf Gourami – Trichogaster lalius Betta – Betta Splendens Silver Dollar – Metynnis argenteus Peppered Corydoras Catfish – Corydoras paleatus Tiger Barb – Barbus tetrazona Swordtail – Xiphophorous helleri Cardinal Tetra – Paracheirodon axelrodi Firemouth Cichlid Dwarf Cichlid Plecostomus – Hypostomus plecostomus Killifish – Fundulus majalis Mollies – Poecilia sphenops Cherry barb – Puntius titteya Harlequin Rasbora – Trigonostigma heteromorpha Loaches – Cobitidae Angelfish – Pterophyllum scalare


Answer: If you are thinking of keeping tropical fish, you need to know about the following main things: Size of your aquarium Firstly decide how much space you have for your new fish tank. Always go as big as you can fit, the bigger the better with fish keeping. Deciding what to fish to keep This will depend on the size of your aquarium. Research how big a fish is and will grow to. Small community to medium sized community set-ups are best to start with, unless you’re looking to create a biotope or species tank. Cycling your aquarium This is a very important part of keeping your cold water or tropical aquarium. Your filter is just a sponge and is no different than your washing-up sponge…until it’s “cycled” and loaded with beneficial bacteria. Maintaining your aquarium You should clean your tank on a weekly basis. A small 10-20% water change will help remove any build up of waste. Siphon your substrate and clean the glass, this will keep your tank nice and clean for your fish.


Answer: Yes, tropical fish will require a heater. A heater ensures the temperature stays steady during the course of the day. Generally, 25°C is the optimum temperature to keep most tropical fish, this is similar to what they are used to in their natural habitat.


Answer: The equipment you will need when it comes to caring for tropical fish include: A suitable fish tank Aquarium lighting Substrates and aquarium plants to help create a healthy ecosystem A filter system to keep your water clean and clear An aquarium heater A thermometer to keep to checks that the temperature is stable Aquarium test kits to check pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels Cleaning tools


Answer: In general, most tropical fish thrive on one or two feedings per day. You’ll need to adjust the quantity of food according to the size and quantity of fish in your tank. If your aquarium is new and you have just added your first fish, feed every other day and count the amount of food you are adding. A “pinch” is not accurate enough and may lead to overfeeding your fish.

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Answer: Available on backorder means we do not have the item currently in stock but are able to order it in and get it out to you quickly.

What is your special local delivery

Answer: This is where we can deliver livestock to you ourselves to save it going to a courier. This means it will be handled with optimum care same day within the local area of our shop.

If you have any questions about this product please feel free to contact us and speak to a member of the team.

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2 reviews for Striped Kuhli Loach

  1. Emily Russ (verified owner)

    Mine were quite young, very lively as soon as I opened their box. Coloured up quickly, generally seem healthy and clean! Very well packed with polystyrene all round, silver space-blanket, heat-pack and double-bagged. A+, will come back again!

  2. Frank Fairhurst (verified owner)

    Really good quality active fish .as soon as they were acclimatised to their new home and released they were instantly active .first class quality

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