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Old 06-08-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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Can I Kuhli (coolie)?

Since I was planning my first tank, I really wanted a kuhli, but since I decided to have a planted tank, I never got any. I have since read that with enough hiding spots, they may not feel as inclined to burrow.

My tank is now established, with great readings. 30 gallon breeder, doing 5 gallon weekly changes, and my trates never go over 20-30ppm

I have:
2 dwarf gourami (1 blue, 1 flame)
5 Cory
11 neon tetra
8 bleeding heart tetra
1 bn pleco

I have read that I should get at least 3 kuhli if I get any, so my question is, can I afford (bioload of) this much more fish? I'm not too worried about hiding space, tank has good amount of rocks, and 2 pieces of d.w. that are very twisty, and plenty anacharis and crypts and a few other plants...

Would love some advice!
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:41 AM   #2
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I believe they have a relatively small bioload so you should be okay I have 3 in my planted tank and there fine
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I have 4 in my 29 gallon never seen them poop very small bioload almost minimal mine are full grown and since you don't have many bottom feeders they should do great!
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Sounds like I'm getting the answers I hoped for!!


Loach boy, is it that the Cory cats aren't bottom feeders? Or that only 5 isn't much?
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I have three in my 20 gallon long with three zebra danios three female bettas and a bn pleco and they are doing fine...oh yah and a bunch of baby mystery snails...and I have a big piece of drift wood and an amazon sword and java ferns and moss and some cambomba
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Worst case scenario up your water changes to 10g a week. I do 75% water changes each week in my 125g, that's around 90g a week. I have a decent size bioload though.
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Kuhli loaches are Kooli. Get them, they are fun to watch. OS.
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Kuhli loaches are Kooli. Get them, they are fun to watch. OS.
+1 =) they are my fave fish. I have 4 brown ones. Hope to get a group of striped kind. Mine are never hiding (only when they nap!). As soon as they wake up they're playing together or lounging on plants/decor.
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I really like my kuhli i have 14 in my elephant nose tank, mine are always out. You definitely should buy some
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I got some a few days ago and so far they love to hide, hopefully as they acclimate they will come out to play!
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:07 PM   #11
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5 is ok and they are bottom feeders but loaches are so small and skiny that its not that much
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