The Kuhli loaches (Pangio, formerly Acanthophthalmus) form an important part of all smaller community tanks with a southeast Asian character. Here the small „watersnakeletts“ are cleaning and feed all the small food particles that might have been overlooked by the other fish. Of course the loaches have to be fed also; this is no problem at all for they readily take any type of usual ornamental fishfood. The tank should have at least a patch with sandy bottom, where Pangio love to burry themselves from time to time, in all other respects Kuhli loaches are hardy and undemanding fish.
Pangio anguillaris is only very occasionally available on the ornamental fish market. It originates from Indonesia. This species has no bands like many other species of Kuhli loach, but a salt-and-pepper pattern on a grey to golden (this depends on the light) background. Rumours say that this species can reach a length of 12 cm, but in the wild hardly ever specimens are collected that exceed a length of 5-6 cm.
For our customers: the fish have code 441052 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer