Image of Pangio goaensis (Indian coolie-loach). Pangio goaensis. No image available for this species; drawing shows typical fish in this Family.
The tank should have a very tightly fitted cover that helps to prevent fish during jumping. Coolie tanks also should have plenty of hiding places, preferably live plants when possible. Rocks, driftwood and caves are all excellent decor for kuhli loach.
The Black Kuhli loach or coolie loach (Pangio kuhlii) is quite a different fish than the clown loach because it has a long, snake-like body that looks more like an eel. Just like the clown loach, the black kuhli loach’s body is adorned with dark brown or black vertical stripes, and like the clown loach, this fish has barbels around the mouth.
Coolie Loach - Pangio kuhlii - AC Tropical Fish
Kuhli loach: size, care, tank mates, feeding and breeding
The kuhli loach is one of the most interesting freshwater aquarium fish which is also known as coolie loach, giant coolie loach, slimy loach, leopard loach, leopard eel, prickly eye, cinnamon loach etc. It is found in Southeast Asia; Sumatra, Singapore, western Malaysia, Java, Borneo, and Thailand. It occurs in shallow, slow-moving sections of forest streams or other calm habitats such as swamps, oxbows and backwaters with soft muddy bottom and lot of fallen leaves in the water. It prefers to live in small groups.The Coolie Loach has an interesting color pattern and an atypical elongated shape. A water temperature of 72Âº to 82Âº Fahrenheit along with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0 and soft to moderately hard water are fine. It takes all flake and freeze-dried foods but should be fed only after the lights are off so that the other fish don't consume the food before it gets any.The Coolie Loach grows to three inches and does best when kept in a group. This bottom-dwelling fish does not do very well with active tankmates that also tend to spend their time at the bottom of the tank. It hides during the day, burying itself in gravel or finding shelter among plants, and comes out after the lights are turned off.It is difficult to breed these Kuhli Loach fishes at homes in the aquariums. The eggs get buried underneath the root surface where they get stuck up. The breeding, mostly are not planned. When several coolies are gathered in the tank, mating sometimes takes place naturally. The ideal way of breeding them is putting a group of them in the aquarium having a filter, under gravel and let only the coolies in the tank on their own for a period of some weeks, and continue to regularly maintain the aquarium.