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Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby Loach777 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:13 am

I would like to kuhli loaches but my LFS owner said that he once had them and that he never saw them because they hide all the time. I don't want to get a fish that hides all the time but I like kuhli loaches - has anyone had experience with them hiding?
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby Diana » Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:09 am

Kuhlie Loaches do not hide all the time. They do have more active periods and quiet periods.
Mine are most busy at dawn and dusk, and are hidden during the day.
Kuhlies are more visible when you have a good sized school (at least 6). If you just have a few, they do tend to hide more.
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby kcartwright856 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:37 pm

My kuhli loaches never hide either. They are always out at all times of the day, looking for food, hanging out in plants, and dancing!

As stated above, a huge key is to have a nice group. I have 7. I'd love to get even more!

Also, I can't say for sure, but I believe that they are a lot happier in a heavily planted tank. I also have a rock cave for them and a few pots on their sides, though they really don't hide very often. They feel more secure knowing that they have a place to hide if they need it.
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby Loach777 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:03 pm

Thanks! I think that I might get 10 now. :D
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby redshark1 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:30 am

Yes, that was my impression before I joined this site - that they would hide all the time.

A passerby noticed my largest aquarium through my living room window as it was lit up on dark nights.

As an unsucessful fishkeeper he wanted to give me his two remaining fish, a mature female Krib and a large single Kuhli Loach, so he knocked on my door.

To save these two healthy fish, I took them off his hands and added them to my Clown Loach aquarium.

The Krib proved to be a lovely addition to my aquarium and later bred when I purchased a male. However, I never saw the Kuhli Loach again!

My brother has since kept Kuhli Loaches in a group. They could be seen at any time foraging on the substrate among the dense plants.
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby Loach777 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:01 am

I walked in to my LFS today and asked to order some in but they already had 5 (They normaly don't have them). I bought them and hope to get more soon! :)
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby kcartwright856 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:24 am

Score! Let us know how they are doing and take lots of pictures!
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby raedeon » Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:04 pm

Its hard to say how many Kuhlii loaches I have. I don't know if they are all hiding, but I know of at least 3 that are still around. 3 out of 11 - 6 Kuhlii, 5 Pangio Alternans
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby Loach777 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:33 pm

The Kuhli Loaches have decided to hide behind a piece of drift wood. One came up to the glass and I managed to photograph it. http://s1146.photobucket.com/albums/o53 ... G_2913.jpg
I hope I get the photo link right because it is my first!
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby 021414 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:58 pm

Loach777 wrote:The Kuhli Loaches have decided to hide behind a piece of drift wood. One came up to the glass and I managed to photograph it. http://s1146.photobucket.com/albums/o53 ... G_2913.jpg
I hope I get the photo right because it is my first!


What an adorable loach!
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby Loach777 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:16 am

The Kuhli loaches seemed to be more active this morning and I saw a perfect picture with a Kuhli loach sitting on a plant.I turned my camera on,then I pointed it at the loach and pushed the button.The camera turned off.An ominous phrase appeared :Change the batteries!!! :x :x :x The loach swam away.
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby kcartwright856 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:45 am

I keep my battery charged, SD cards empty, and the camera right by the tank by default!

I am always taking pictures and video of my kuhlis. They are just so fun!

You'll find that they love to drape themselves in the plants.

Also, be ready with the camera and some popcorn when you do your first water change with them, if you haven't already! Mine LOVE water changes!
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby Loach777 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:25 pm

I have had more success taking photos and the loaches are much more active.They must be getting used to the tank.
http://s1146.photobucket.com/albums/o53 ... G_2938.jpg

close up.
http://s1146.photobucket.com/albums/o53 ... G_2939.jpg

No more pics please!!!
http://s1146.photobucket.com/albums/o53 ... G_2944.jpg

I have seen them draped over plants too!!! :lol: It is so funny!
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Re: Kuhli Loaches hiding

Postby kcartwright856 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:56 am

They are addicting to photograph!
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