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Acanthophtalmus kuhli kuhli
One of the strangest looking aquarium fish, the Kuhli Loach makes a
fine addition to any community setup.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||Up to 3 inches (8cm)
||5 to 7
||Soft to medium
||79° to 86°f (24 to 30°C)
Kuhli Loach, Coolie Loach, Leopard Eel, Striped Loach
Java and Sumatra
General Body Form:
Looks much like a worm, with slight lateral compression. Small almost
unnoticeable head with small eyes and mouth. The nasal area contains
The most noticeable characteristic of the Kuhli are the Fifteen to twenty
Brown or Black bands that run from the back down to the belly area.
These bands usually split into two on the body sides. The first band
runs through the nose, the second through the eyes, the third across
the Gill plates and they end at the start of the caudal fin. The background
body color is a pale Yellow or Pink
The Kuhli is Nocturnal by nature and is generally only seen when the
tank is dark, therefore it is best kept in a well furnished tank with
lots of hiding places. Due to its burrowing habit a soft sandy substrate
should be provided. Kuhlis are very fond of Tubifex worms and the freeze
dried variety are better to use than the live, due to the trouble they
can cause. They will also take all types of flake and frozen food. Often
the only time you will see them is when they come out to feed.
These fish are often seen in large masses hiding in plant clumps in
the streams of Southeast Asia.
Systematic or planned breeding from what I can found has not yet been
achieved, but there are many reports of spontaneous breeding in the
home aquarium. It has been said that the pair will closely intertwine
at the water surface and scatter the eggs over the area. Females carrying
eggs are said to become obese as spawning approaches.