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Kuhli Loach: Bottom Feeder Aquarium Fish

Kuhli Loach: Bottom Feeder Aquarium Fish

What’s up, fish tank people?,
Dustin’s Fish Tanks, bringing it to you on a Sunday. How is everybody doing today? Gorgeous,
gorgeous Sunday, it is Species Sunday. I am going to give you a Species Sunday and then
give you a tour of this beautifully cleaned up greenhouse. My man, Bryan Campbell, came
over yesterday and did a lot of work making everything look great. I am real excited about
it.Today’s Species Sunday is about a fish that I never get to see. I don’t know if you
guys have any of these, but I want to talk about a species that is great for a plant
tank. They root around in the roots and substrate; and it is always good to get that stuff kind
of mixed up. It is like how earth worms are good on garden soil and aerate it. This is
a similar kind of thing with a plant aquarium, go figure. I want to talk today about Kuhli Loaches.
Obviously, I am not doing video of my actual Kuhli Loach because I have one and you can
just barely see it. I did see my Kuhli Loach the other day and I want to talk about them
because I think they are pretty tight. Kuhli Loaches come from Indonesia and the Malay
peninsula and they are mainly nocturnal. I saw mine in the early morning after I did
a feeding. They say that they can live up to ten years and I have mine for five years
since I got it from a guy named John. He was like, “Yo, I got this cool Kuhli Loach”. My
Kuhli Loach—and you will see it in the video—see how they have this gray pattern here? These
patterns vary. They have some with all spots and some with all lines and I don’t know if
they are bred like that or captured. Mine is actually all pink, so it has a bar right
here and then the rest of it is all pink. So it is pretty crazy looking because it is
just all pink. I don’t know if it is a recessive gene or if it is just crazy looking. They
do come in a lot of different varieties and they can handle a pH of 5-7 and I think I
have seen mine in 8. I didn’t really notice, but they have spikes underneath their eyes
and you see this in a lot of the loach species. I had a botia angelicus—and I would love
to get another one of those, by the way. And they have the little spikes that pop out if
someone gets near them. That is a fish that is more out there and not as nocturnal as
the Kuhli Loaches. They are egg layers, they cruise around and are really beneficial in
a planted tank. I highly recommend them. They like to be, not in schools exactly, but they
are a social fish so I have seen them swim around together and it actually looks pretty
cool. You see them swim together, in and out of each other, which is not really a behavior
you see a lot with fish. I may get some more of them to see if they come out a little more.
Definitely pretty cool. A tip for you all—if you want to catch your Kuhli Loach because
it is hard to see them and you can rarely ever catch them. This is how they do it at
the breeders by the way. Get a big, long, skinny PVC pipe and cap one end of it. Put
a tiny little hole so that the water can go out, but the hole is smaller than the Kuhli
Loach. Put a tiny little hole there and then put some food at the bottom of that. So what
you will do is have a big, long tube with a cap on the end and a tiny little hole that
the Khuli Loach cannot get out of, put food in the bottom—and this works for all kinds
of bottom feeders by the way—the fish will swim in there and you will lift the other
end of the tube. The water will run out and you will have your fish caught in there. It
is definitely easier. I have tried it just once or twice because I don’t move those fish
that much. So that is what’s going on. I am excited to show you guys the greenhouse because
it is looking pretty good right now. I will grab the old camera and show you what is going
on. We will start with the first tank over here
because you guys just saw that one. Let’s get the tripod off here. So Bryan deserves
all of the credit. I am trying to get Bryan’s bio up on Aquatic Jungles. He has just done
such a great job and I have to give him all of the credit in the world. We started this
tank from nothing. We have java fern, ludwigia, wisteria, rotella, all will be pearly in a
little bit. I wanted to show this to you because this is something that I do. This greenhouse
gets way, way, way too much light and in a tank like this it will just bounce off the
bottom or whatever and cause a lot of algae problems. So we have that covered, but you
can see that that tank is looking pretty baller. We have some swords over here and some elodea
and some rainbows. I need to bring more rainbows out. And we’ve got some anubias that we just
got in which I am really pumped about. We’ve got some great looking species. Those of you
who are friends with me, Dustin’s Fish Tanks on Facebook, give me a like for the picture
of Bryan holding all this anubias. Gotta give the man credit. If you need more anubias,
I got you, bro. This tank we actually have covered as well and this other fish tank over
here, I just love it. Ack, I hate that glare. There is that glare on there. But, yea, the
goldfish tank is just looking great. Bryan came over and he was just, “Yo, we got to
get these swords sinking better.” We were putting the weights on to sink them, but it
just wasn’t working very well. So we just slightly rubberband-ed it to weighted down
PVC pipe and the goldfish just love it. And I love staring at it. I keep the top open
just because we are using the camera. I normally keep it closed because the goldfish come up—of
course not now because they won’t on cue for the camera—and they are like, “What’s up,
dude? Feed us.” So you can see all of the poop they have there on the bottom which makes
it really easy to clean. By the way, when cleaning these tanks we used big, huge water
changes and let them sit for five minutes or so. Here is one of the Gerbers I got up
in Dayton. We’d let it sit for 5-10 minutes or so and then scoop up all of the stuff that
settled. I think that is important as well. I had a little debate between Bryan and I
on this tank of whether to put the anubias up here. You wanted the anubias up here, but
I thought it got too much light so we put in the dwarf sag. And I just put in some of
it, but it is not for sale because I am going to really let it get growing here. So that’s
fun. Oh! Then, so yesterday, epic, epic day. Look,
this is for the 14/15 year old young guys who are always like, “I got no money, whatever,
whatever, whatever”. This is important. During the summer, get up early, get ten bucks in
your pocket and get on your bikes and get to the garage sales. Get up early, you’ll
thank yourself later. Get up early and get to a garage sale. Look what I scored yesterday
at a garage sale for a total of 15 bucks. For a total of 15 bucks. I got this 29 gallon
tank with the gravel—I actually added a few pounds of black gravel that I already
had—with this lid that I don’t like because it’s metal, but I am using it so whatever
and with this filter which is actually working all right. I got this tank, filter and lid
for 5 dollars. Like uno, dos, tres, quatro cinco. Like five bucks, okay? Five bucks.
You got to find them and negotiate like this. If they are not marked, you should ask what
they are asking for that and have a number in mind for what you really want to pay. I
was going to pay five or ten, so when he said five I was like sold. A lady from Lexington,
Paula, also looked at the fish tank and the guy was like, “Sorry, I already sold it to
this guy.” It doesn’t stop there, folks. The fun continues,
right? I was running in the morning up the street because I’ve got to get my energy going
and I found this at a garage sale. Check it, check it, check it out! I didn’t even need
it because I have enough stuff going on, but I had to have it. And you have no idea what
I paid for it, folks. Ten bucks. Ten dollars. So I am going to dig it in when I get the
time and have a little extra goldfish so, ten bucks folks. Go to garage sales. You owe
it to yourself to go to garage sales early in the morning and find the deals. Ask them
if it holds water and if you can, have them fill it up with water there. Garage sales
are where you find good deals, so I can’t believe I didn’t start talking about that
stuff earlier. So then I want to show what else we got going
on here. We have the crypt tank that I threw a bunch of crypts in and have some lotuses.
I am actually going to be selling some lotus out of my 220 which is looking good by the
way. Crytocoryne, Usteriana, we’ve got some Bolbitis over here that I am real pumped about
as well. And then I wanted to show this as well. We’ve got two separate java moss tanks.
I’ve Taiwan moss and flame moss in. So I am fixing the flame moss and the flame moss has
already started to grow so I am really pumped about that. So we just really did a good job.
Bryan just really nailed it. He cleaned out every tank and got everything looking real
good. And of course we have jungle val and I have giant sag in the back there separated
out real nice for you all. So just really excited and I just had to show the tanks looking
as good as they are. And I’ve got star grass in here separate because when I usually get
star grass, it sucks and withers back. So it is in its own tank so if it melts—which
it will and this tank isn’t dirted by the way—it will only mess up this tank. So we
will just have to clean out this tank and we won’t have to have the star grass mess
all over everything else. So this is just going to be a beautiful day, early morning
video, frolicking in the greenhouse. Just great looking swords, great looking anubias,
great looking sunshine on my face and I am excited about it. I hope everyone is just
having a great week. If you like this video, give me a like and subscribe. Hit me up on
Facebook and I am having an absolute blast. I love y’all, make it a good week. Later!

100 comments on “Kuhli Loach: Bottom Feeder Aquarium Fish

  1. garage sales are the best!, i found a 65gallon with oak hood and stand, it had some xtras in it.. filters, decorations and stuff… 50 bucks

  2. Dustin kuhli loaches are the bomb son I have three little buggers are hard to catch thanks man for the trick on collecting them easier will give that one a shot next time. Thanks for all the green love brotha got nothin but love right back at ya son.

  3. That's sweet! I asked for a loach species Sunday last week and you gave us one! Great info and your tanks are looking awesome. Thanks Dustin!

  4. and9744 yea it's normal you just have baby java fern now !! U can keep I on the leaf and let it grow or take it off and let it grow or just get rid of it

  5. I have 7 and they pretty much hide all the time, unless I put food in. They can smell it almost immediately

  6. I occasionally go to a fair where people sell basically a bunch of crap but there are always really dirty tanks for cheap. would they be safe to buy? or would it be best to stick with tanks that look halfway decent?

  7. Dustin, a few plants I'd LOVE to see you get your hands on.
    1. Ludwigia sp. Atlantis…it's right up your ally in terms of roots, color, and how well it grows
    2. Lagenandrha…its like if you crossed a crpyt with an anubias and made it the size of a sword….any species would do, and it seems like a plant you'd be in love with
    3. Hygrophilia sp. Brown….its like any other hygro, but has this really cool color that almost makes it look scaled like a lizard

  8. The differences in pattern are because of different species. I keep 5 kuhlis in my 29, and they're quite active and I see them all the time.

  9. Spotted Rafael cats are friendly I think there a good community fish. Very peaceful mostly solitary and will not bother there other tank mates. Just give them a lot of room. And they should be very happy. also if you can feed them as mush live food as you can.

  10. im 15 money is not really much of a problem. the problem is my mom wont let me get more than a 5 gallon

  11. I have a dozen of them close to two years old crazy fish when there in groups they fight off my 4 inch clowns for food

  12. I loooove my khulis. They are great scavengers… very shy. The more you have, the more comfortable they will be. Give them tons of hiding spaces throughout the tank and you will be able to see them more often.

  13. I'm thankful as I have openings in the back area – I've never had *knock on wood* one escape out of the tank or even into the filter. I know it has happened to others though.

  14. I have Kuhlis, black ones and the one you have pictured (Pangio myersi). I've had Kuhlis since 2009. In my experience, they are more active when there are more of them. My black ones (Pangio oblonga) are much more active and more visible compared to my giants (P. myersi). I only have 1 giant left but will get more since I finally found a LFS that carries them.

    They are one of my favorite species. Mine are swimming around crazy when I put food in the tank.

  15. I keep 3 pangios, and about 11 black kuhlis. I first used the green tubes from walmart produce bags, for veggies and fruit. Many times I asked the stockers for the empty tubes. I finally got some driftwood that was hollowed out. When I feed them they pop out of the wood and I love it. I keep them in a dim part of the house, so they are always out and dancing around. They are great sand sifters and they have cool little whiskers.

  16. If your not going to have fish in it I would go ahead…just plants? any inverts? If you're going to use backyard dirt make sure to mix some red clay in it.

  17. Kuhli loaches killed my favorite guppy, I gave them to my uncle and he kept them for years and they got pretty large and stayed out during the day.

  18. hey man great video! but the chat on fish tank tv forum is glitching up! love the chat just seeing whats going on?? thanks sir

  19. i bought 12 khuli loach and i only see 4 now, i was thinking they would hide but i wanted to make sure they are ok, any way to check their conditions?

  20. I wouldn't worry too much at the moment unless they've been missing for days. I move decorations around if I need to find them. I would check your filter once a week if you don't see them all. I also would make sure you have no openings for them to escape, as they can be escape artists – though thankfully I've not dealt with that.

  21. How do you go about cleaning a garage sale tank?
    iv seen some by the curb used as a recycling bin almost, with empty cleaning supply bottles in them. i passed on that tank. but would you have rinced it and have a tester fish sit in it for a while or something? .
    thanks! great vids!!

  22. ehh, i did the same as you were thinking, got a super cheap used tank. it had some cracks, but it holds water, and it came with a stand too. except after a few months, i noticed all these scratches all over the glass. oh well. you get what you pay for mate.

  23. definitely get more if you want to see them, i had one that i never saw then i bought 2 more and now i see them at least 4 times a day 

  24. there are different species of loach classified under the "khuli" family. Most of from the genus Pangio. The pink species you describe is not Pangio khuli however.

  25. I think all the loaches (botia and maracanthus pangio) have those spikes. I got stabbed in the thumb by a clown loach many years ago. I didn't know about the spikes before then.

  26. I have those fish. Great fish but hide too much. If you want them to come out 6+ and lots of plants and hiding places.

  27. im finding it really hard to make decision on which bottom feeder to get. its between the kuhli loach and panda cories. i like the loaches because of their snake like body and the fact that they swim in between rocks and substrate. when i see loaches wiggle in the cracks and gaps of the rocks it really looks cool and interesting cause you dont what is going on in there. with panda cories well those too are really awesome. i like the way they school. also my aquarium is gonna be stocked with fish like GBRs, otos and cardinal tetra. as you can see im going for the south american theme in terms of fish and the cories would be the icing on the cake. unfortunately the loaches are Asian so they mess up the theme. so guys should i get the pandas or the kuhlis

  28. Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
    Care Level: Moderate
    Temperament: Peaceful
    Water Conditions: 79-86° F, KH 3-5, pH 6.0-6.5
    Max. Size: 4½"
    Color Form: Red, Tan
    Diet: Carnivore
    Origin: Southeast Asia
    Family: Cobitidae
    This is from foster and smith web site.look at the ph,that looks are low

  29. Dustin
    What do you feed your loaches ? I tried pellets , but my other fish get to them. I heard its best to throw a cucumber slice for an hour into the tank and let them eat it. Any advice for this newbie? Txs !!

  30. This guy really likes to talk and be in front of the camera while he does it. Took a while before you actually see the fish or what he is talking about.

  31. Does anybody know how to make them more social because my one just sits all day sleeping until I start to clean the tank

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  33. can a red tailed shark live along with the kuhli loach, I love red tailed sharks and i know they tend to chase other fish. Would it be a problem with the kuhli loach. Can they live in the same tank?

  34. Dustin, how can I make my khuli loaches bigger? Ive had them for 2 years and they're still like the width of a pencil. I know these guys can get up to 5 inches though. Any tips would be appreciated. Love your videos btw.

  35. Kuhli loaches are happiest in shoals of 3 or more (depending on your tank size). They're pretty awesome fish. I love mine. I see mine quite often. They do like to hide but after lights out they make an appearance.

  36. Yep i have 10 hardly ever see them …watch out they bite i had one some how get in to the top of my trickle filter and got stuck in one the spray bar holes when i tried to pull him out he was actually biting me i was totally surprised and shocked that this fish had enough biting force for me to get a piece of tissue paper to get him out

  37. Growing up my family had a kuhli loach which lived in a small 10 gallon tank with guppies. It was unplanted and would get 100% water changes every few months which was about the only time you saw it but it ended up living to be 16 years old before dying. Very impressive.

  38. not JUST garage sales but FLEA markets as well OR online on face book
    MARKET page in your area or a 150 WITHIN your area, I found not 1 but
    4 GOOD size tanks for less that 50 $ YEP if you know how to talk to people
    you'd be amazed at just what happens next, I just started my guppy hobby
    up 3 mos ago & it's been a BLAST :>} so yeah it pays if you do the work for it.

  39. You are to fish as Eric Bugenhagen is to powerlifting.

    Seriously bro, look him up lol. You guys have the same personality

  40. In the wild khuli loaches congregate in very large groups, this isn't shocking behaviour but is still a social behaviour that is beneficial to khuli loaches, to be able to see your loaches the your tank you should get a larger group of 6-10 for them to feel at ease enough to come out more. Usually in pet shops there are over 40 khuli loaches in the tank so being on it's own is a big shock for your khuli loach

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