That's bad idea to talk about gallons/litres when debating about tank size requirements for loaches. The only important issue are base dimensions. For example You can have a tank 60x30x20 centimeters and that's 9,5 US gallons. On the other hand You can try with 60x30x40 and it's 19 gallons. Two times larger, but for loaches it doesn't make any difference. I would reccomend You a tank longer than 2 feet, maybe 2 feet and 4 inches. If You are experienced You can try with classic 2x1 feet, but only when you ensure them a suitable environment to let them avoid stress.GallonsOfFun wrote:I've seen 10, 15, 20, and 30 gallons listed on the internet. Which is it?
Kuhlis and many other Loaches are active in the upper areas as well, exploring, resting in the branches or on the leaves, and can jump out.
For example, in US sizes, a 20 gallon long has the same footprint as a 29 standard gallon tank. Both are 30" long x 12" deep (front to back) but the 20 long is a shallow tank, well suited to flowing streams or bottom dwellers like Dwarf Cichlids. The 29 is taller, and gives the Loaches more room to explore.
20 long is 76 liters, 60cm x 30 cm x 30 cm
29 standard is 110 liters, 60 x 30 x 45 cm
That extra 15 cm in height makes a significant difference.
I would not keep Kuhlies in a 10 gallon.
I have kept them in a 20 gallon standard tank (45 cm x 30 cm x 41 cm)
I preferred watching them play in a 29 gallon or a 40 gallon breeder (75 cm x 41 cm x 41 cm). They are very active and will use the whole tank as their playground.
Happy fish keeping!
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