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Profile - Freshwater Fish - Loaches
|Common||Khuli Loach, Leopard Eel|
|Adult Size||Up to 5 inches|
|Tank level||Minimum tank size of 40 gallons where they will occupy the lower levels|
|Temperature||25-29 °C (77-84 °F)|
|Sexing||Can be difficult to sex, when full of eggs the female will have a rounder body shape.|
|Breeding||The Khuli Loach seems to spawn better when a group is added to the breeding tank. The male will mouth around the females vents and then the pair will entwine into a spiral prior to spawning It is important to add plants to the breeding tank as the eggs will be attached to these by a sticky mucus. |
Once spawning is complete, remove the parent fish or they will attempt to eat the eggs.
The eggs should hatch after a couple of days but do not attempt to feed the fry until they are free swimming a few days later. They can be fed initially on Infusoria and as they grow they will accept newly hatched brine shrimp.
|Feeding||Not a fussy eater but they are classed as nocturnal so it is best to feed the Khuli Loach in the evenings when they are most active.|
Use a quality flake or small granules but vary this with treats of live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp or bloodworms.
|Care||Always keep the Khuli Loach in small groups as single specimens do not fair well. Add plenty of hiding places by adding rock, wood or tubing and keep the lighting at a moderate level, floating plants will help with this. The water flow should be low and keep the water quality high by prforming regular water changes.|
|Notes||Always take care when handling the Khuli Loach as they do possess a spine below each eye socket.Never net these fish as they will become tangled.|