The kuhli loach is a small eel-like freshwater fish belonging to the loach family. They originate from Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula. This snake-like creature is very slender and nocturnal. This fish is generally native to rivers and streams of low water flow. The pH of these waterways can be excessively acidic due to a great deal of dead leaves and other decaying plant matter. While the Kuhli Loach can acclimate to neutral or slightly alkaline water over time, it should at first be kept in acidic water under that is less than 7.0 pH. This shy fish can be sensitive during shipping and when initially introduced to a new tank. It must be provided with a great deal of cover and refuge in order to feel secure. It also must be kept in groups of at least 6 or more. As with most fish, it also requires a clean, well-maintained aquarium. Loaches are shy fish that like to hide among driftwood, plant roots, rocks, and caves. Loaches are peaceful fish that get along well with other peaceful community tank mates.

Adult Size: 7.6 – 10 cm
Temperature: 76 – 82°F (24 – 28)
Purchasing size: 2 – 4 cm
pH range: 5.5 – 7.5
Diet: Cavenger/Micropredator.  Prefers sinking pellets, but will also accept most flake foods and algae wafers,

and should also be provided with live/frozen foods such as freeze-dried daphnia, bloodworms, tubifex, etc.

Ease of keeping: Moderate