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Old 09-10-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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Adding kuhli loaches to a 10 gallon tank.

I have a 10 gallon tank that has been my "snail only tank". It has 4 pomacea diffusa snails, 2 ramshorn, and a whole bunch of physid snails that I'm trying to get rid of.
The tank seems to have a problem with little stringy worms (they look like nematodes but are about 1.5" long) that move is a "S" shape through the water. I have seen them bothering the snails and recently I've noticed that something is actually eating the snails tentacles. I'm not sure who is doing it but I think it could be the worms..
I read that kuhli loaches are generally friendly to snails and will eat these bugs, but I have also read that they will pick on the snails so I'm thinking it's probably a personality thing?
Is it worth the risk to get the kuhli loaches? I really like the look of them, so if they would be a nice addition to the tank I think it would be awesome..
If it would work, how many?
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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I think it would be a really good addition so I think I might just go ahead and get them even with the risks involved.
How many in a 10 gallon with 4 apple snails, 2 ramshorns (might move them to 50g) and some pond snails?
Would this make me over stocked?
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:45 PM   #3
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You should be able to comfortably add up to 6 or so kuhlis. They have a very small bioload.
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That sounds like a lot! haha.
Do I need to add anything to my aquarium before I get them?
Here is a picture of it:
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You would need to offer them some type of shelter other than those plants. A cave or rock pile. They're very social towards each other but reclusive if not kept in groups of 4 or more.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:17 AM   #6
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So I bought a plastic ornament that has quite a few hidey holes, and off I went to look at the loaches. There was only three in the tank hiding in a pvc pipe and the guy said the one didn't look too good but it looked fine to me. They aren't going to get anymore for another week or so, so I'm just going to get them somewhere else but I'd like to know how to tell if they are healthy or not so I don't end up with dead fish.
Thanks for your advice by the way Cichlid Kid!
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My kuhli's live in the base of a large ornament and I rarely see any of the 7 as they like the dark way more. They are by far my favorite fish!
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:25 AM   #8
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So I added the plastic rock thing and drip acclimated the loaches. Before I started acclimating them I noticed one was acting very weird so I'm not sure hes going to make it through the night.
When do I feed them? I bought some frozen blood worms and I have tropical fish flakes and algae wafers.
What is the chance that they will harm my snails?
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:03 AM   #9
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Kuhliis don't eat snails unlike other loaches unusually. Bioload wise you've got no problem but if you added six in a ten gallonthen I would be just alittle concerned simply because of space. They are supprisingly active in larger numbers. Do you have a sandy substrate? They can burrow in this and it will nearly double their usable living space.
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:15 AM   #10
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That's a really nice tank. I would put a cave or something to hide the sponge filter. Makes the tank seem more natural.
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