Pangio oblonga
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Pangio oblonga

Common Names: Black Kuhli Loach
Chocalate Kuhli Loach
Cinnamon Loach
Java Loach
Synonyms: Acanthophthalmus javanicus
Acanthophthalmus oblongus
Cobitis oblonga
Pangio javanicus
Family: Cobitidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: Asia
Main Ecosystem: River; On the slower, bottom part of rivers.
Temperament: Timid; Peaceful and Timid. Easily scared when first introduced to tank, often hiding from view for the first few days, until it gets accustomed to the tank. Also, loud noises and quick, sudden movements will scare them away during the first few days.
Diet: Ominvore; Will accept live, dried, and prepared foods, ie: Flakes, sinking pellets, algae discs, thawed frozen bloodworm, tubifex worm, brine shrimp, etc..
Care: Be sure to include a group of at least 4 loaches. This will increase confidence in the Kuhlis and will provoke fish to be seen out of its hiding place. Also be sure to include a lot of narrow hiding spaces, and subdued lighting is preferred. Rounded gravel is mandatory to protect the sensitive barbels. Also sensitive to high nitrates, so keep it below 40ppm.
6.4 - 7
26°C - 28°C
79°F - 82°F
4 dH - 8 dH
Potential Size: Male: 8.9cm (3.5")
Female: 8.9cm (3.5")
Water Region: Bottom
Activity: NonSpecific; Mostly nocturnal until they get used to the tank. Then they will emerge during daytime.
Gender: Females get round and plump with eggs.
Breeding: Some cases of breeding have happened in well established aquariums with enough hiding places, such as 1cm sized gravel.
Comments: An active and entertaining fish when not threatened. Very peaceable to neighbouring fish and other fish of its own kind. An ideal choice for a bottom feeder for those who have the space and a well established aquarium. Can also get into very tight nooks and crannys, and make the illusion that it jumped out of the tank. If in doubt, rustle up some of the hiding spaces. They will come out if they are in there.
Main Colours: Brown, White
Markings: No Markings
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Not Specified
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