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Old 12-05-2011, 06:55 AM   #1
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Black Kuhli Loach Tank Mates?

I'm thinking about getting 4 kuhli loach for my 55g tank. I have 5 angelfish and 3 gouramis, 2 bn and 3 cory in the tank. Would the kuhli do well with these other fish? It is a planted tank with sand and driftwood.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:37 AM   #2
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From what I have read on kuhli loaches, it should be fine.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:26 PM   #3
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They like to burrow, so if your substrate is small smooth stones or sand, they should work well. Like most loaches they do well in groups of 5 or more, so I'd go with atleast 5. I'd also add a 1-3 more cories. They are shoaling fish that like to be in larger groups.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:33 PM   #4
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I agree to get at least 6 of the kuhli loaches, and up your cories to 6-8.
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I agree that you should add more to your cory and khuli schools.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:23 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone. I didn't realize there should be 6-8 corys. Looks like I need a lot more corys because I have 3 in my 29g and 3 in my other 55g. The Kuhlis will be in a tank with sand. I have gravel in the other two tanks so I won't put any in those tanks. Will the Kuhlis be able to get out of the tank if there is a little space open by the filter?
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:32 PM   #7
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6 cories at a minimum is best. 4 isn't that bad either, especially with the larger types. Since you have the room in there though, I would go ahead and go for 6 or more.

I keep kuhlis with a standard plastic lid and HOB filter and have had any issues.
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Yes unfortunately most local pet stores will reccomend to keep schooling fish in groups of 3, however a school of 6 or more and you will be amazed at how much more interesting the school becomes. I even noticed a huge difference when I increased my neon tetras from 6 to 8. I never even really liked neons before, but my kids picked them out and now I am really enjoying the group.
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