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Old 12-29-2009, 02:38 AM   #1
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Kuhli Loaches

Recently got back into the hobby,hadn't had a tank since 1985.Then Maureen got me a Betta for my birthday back in June and started the addiction all over again.Decided to get a Marineland Eclipse 6 to replace the bowl back in October along with a heater,driftwood,and some live plants.Everything has been going good so was thinking of getting "fin"(that's the Betta)some tank mates.Thought kuhlies might be a good match,but can't seem to find them-tried the chain stores,LFS,and a place about an hour away that is known for haveing everything from guppies to the rarest exotics,no kuhlies brown or striped.Back in the 60's-80's they were everywhere.Are they endangered and not available or just fallen out of favor?Was thinking of getting a couple of Skunk Botias instead but thinking the 6 gallon might be a little small.If anyone knows a shop with striped Kuhlies in Eastern Pennsylvania please reply.Thanks!
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:58 AM   #2
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ask if they can order you some. they are common fish just that stores dont stock every fish.
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:36 AM   #3
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lots of foks here have khuli loaches. Quite popular until you have to net them, so I hear. Do a ring around and if there are none about, ask if your nearest one will order them for you.
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Don't know about PA, but they're available here in OH. Mine hide all the time... not the most exciting fish, imo.
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i looked for some at my lfs and they said they quit stocking them because they always hid and they couldnt find them when they had somebody wanting to buy them
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:38 AM   #6
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Agreed that they're not the most exciting fish. I can't even tell you how many times I've said to my girlfriend "Well, I guess the Kuhli loaches must have died, I haven't seen them for a week." And then 2 days later....there they are!

My LFS carries them consistently but has to keep them in a non-aquascaped tank for the same reasons - they hide and they are a ***** to net!
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:27 PM   #7
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Here in Pittsburgh quite a few shops have them. I personally have three striped ones in my 10g. I would ask around town and see if someone can order you some.
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I have the brown ones and they are some of the funniest fish I own. They are out all the time swimming laps around the stuff in the tank.
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:38 PM   #9
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Khulis are still available. I have both black and striped khulis in my 29g. The striped came from a LFS and the blacks came from Petsmart. You'll probably have to ask for khulis. They're not usually visible in the store tanks.
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