Natural colors of a Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii)

Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii)
Natural colors of a Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii)

Ceramic artwork colors for a Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii)

Ceramic artwork colors for a Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii)
Ceramic artwork colors for a Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii)

Natural colors of a Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii)


Contrasting colors of light and dark make up the Kuhli Loach fish's composition. What is surprising is that a light blue color would work well as a contrasting color. Interesting color option. This why sometimes it is a good idea to stop and take a hard look at the colors in real live fish because different color options will sometimes just pop out. So to do this fish as a ceramic art I would definitely consider using light blue as a contrasting color.


Kuhli loach or Pangio kuhlii is a small eel-like freshwater fish belonging to the Cobitidae tribe. They come from Indonesia and the Malaya Peninsula. This snake-like form is very small and nocturnal. In an aquarium, the kuhli loach can be very reclusive and, if it is frightened, can flop under the tank ornaments or cover itself if there is a fine gravel or sandy substrate.

The kuhli loach is an eel-shaped fish with slightly compressed sides, four pairs of barbels around the mouth, and small fins. The dorsal fin begins behind the middle of the body, and the anal fin begins well behind it. The eyes are lined with a clear skin. The body has 10 to 15 dark brown to black vertical lines, and the spaces between them are pink to yellow salmon with a light underside. When the fish is not actively breeding, the difference between males and females is not readily apparent.

Close observation will show that males have a more muscular upper / dorsal cross-section and that their pectoral fins appear to be broader, more paddle-shaped, and often have some pigment in them. During breeding, females often become bigger than males, and their greenish ovaries can be seen through the skin before they spawn. The spawning is not easy, but when there are a few hundred greenish eggs, they are placed among the roots of floating plants. The Kuhli loaches attain a maturity of 2.75 inches (7 cm) and have a maximum length of 4 inches (10 cm). This fish will live for up to 14 years.

The kuhli loach is usually kept as a pet in tropical aquariums. There are a number of species of the genus Pangio that appear similar and are sold under the same name, require similar treatment, and are all very well suited for household tanks. They seem to be resilient and long-lived in the aquarium and get along well with their own kind as well as others.

In an aquarium setting, particularly if the gravel is properly finely grained, the species of Pangio can burrow into the bottom and remain unseen for a long period of time during the night. If the gravel is later disturbed, a hobbyist might well find himself facing the fish that was supposed to have been lost a long time ago. Kuhlis may also sometimes swim in unprotected filter inlets, possibly leading to their deaths.

Breeding in captivity requires a great deal of hiding space and good water quality.

References
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Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii)

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