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post #1 of 11 Old 06-22-2010, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Question kuhli loaches

okay so i love kuhli loaches and i was thinking of getting some... now i dont have a tank just yet.. but i dont want a big tank.. i was thinking either a 5 or 10 gallon.. now i know thats not very big.. but im wondering how many kuhli's i could put in each... i was thinking of just getting the regular striped ones...

also.. i was thinking of just having the tank just for the kuhli's... is that a good idea??.. or should i put something else in with them like a couple guppies??

let me know your thoughts..
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-22-2010, 08:35 PM
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Black Kuhli loaches grow to 4 inches and need to be kept in groups of at least 3 or more so a 10 gallon tank in my opinion is not big enough for them.
If by striped you mean clown loaches like the one below they get 11 to 14 inches and would in no way fit in the tank size you mention.

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post #3 of 11 Old 06-22-2010, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Black Kuhli loaches grow to 4 inches and need to be kept in groups of at least 3 or more so a 10 gallon tank in my opinion is not big enough for them.
If by striped you mean clown loaches like the one below they get 11 to 14 inches and would in no way fit in the tank size you mention.
thanks.. i thought about it more after and what you said makes sense

and i wasnt talking about clown loaches.. i was just talking about the normal kuhli loaches with the stripes
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-22-2010, 10:55 PM
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Ok I have never seen the striped kuhli loaches only the black ones here locally. Good luck with what ever fish you decide on for your tank.

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You could have a nice sized group of them in a 10g tank. If the tank was nicely planted and they were the only fish in the tank (or just about) then you could easily have 10-12 of them in there, as they have a very light bioload. A group of 8-10 with a betta would make for a nice tank.

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post #6 of 11 Old 06-23-2010, 07:50 AM
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I would not be worried with the bioload with that many in a 10 gallon I would be worried about them haveing enough room to move around freely.

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You could have a nice sized group of them in a 10g tank. If the tank was nicely planted and they were the only fish in the tank (or just about) then you could easily have 10-12 of them in there, as they have a very light bioload. A group of 8-10 with a betta would make for a nice tank.
you know that is a very good idea.. ive always wanted a betta and this is a good opportunity to have one.. and with a group of like 8 kuhli's.. its just awesome!
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-23-2010, 07:24 PM
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Are these what you are talking about?

http://www.loaches.com/species-index/pangio-kuhlii

My understanding was a simple rule of "no more then 1 inch of fish per gallon of your tank" If each of the loaches get to be 4 inches, can you really put a group of 8 in a ten gallon tank? Maybe it is different for different fish. I too am a newbie to fish and just trying to get a grip on the rules.
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Are these what you are talking about?

http://www.loaches.com/species-index/pangio-kuhlii

My understanding was a simple rule of "no more then 1 inch of fish per gallon of your tank" If each of the loaches get to be 4 inches, can you really put a group of 8 in a ten gallon tank? Maybe it is different for different fish. I too am a newbie to fish and just trying to get a grip on the rules.
those are what im talking about...
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Are these what you are talking about?

http://www.loaches.com/species-index/pangio-kuhlii

My understanding was a simple rule of "no more then 1 inch of fish per gallon of your tank" If each of the loaches get to be 4 inches, can you really put a group of 8 in a ten gallon tank? Maybe it is different for different fish. I too am a newbie to fish and just trying to get a grip on the rules.
That doesnt sound right, 4 inches of fish X 8 fish = 32... right? that many of those in a 10g sound like too much

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