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Corydoras and Kuhli Loaches in Fully Planted Tank

Discussion in 'Fish' started by derfliw, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. derfliw

    derfliw Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Will they be happy to live in a fully planted tank with ADA substrate for example?

    Thanks!

    :barefoot::barefoot::barefoot:
     
  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    That is providing every thing else is correct for them.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  3. derfliw

    derfliw Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Because I have read that they prefer fine sand substrate, or atleast provide them with a sand pool in a planted tank?
     
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    MarcelM Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Any light weight rounded (not sharp edged) substrate will do.. :) Both species like to dig, Khuli's the most. Sand would do, as rounded gravel will or the baked clay pebbles like ADA powder type or any other equal substrate are fine.

    They have sensitive whiskers at their little mouths.. They use it to feel and sence the food they find in the bottom.. Sharp edged substrates will wound and damage these whiskers and in the end probably infect and prevent them from finding food and die of infection or starvation. :)

    If you like your khuli's realy to dig and see them in the substrate with only their heads sticking out.. :) You could consider that JBL Sansibar Substrate. This is extremely light and fine grained, nearly impossible to plant and hold small carpetplants. But perfect for digging fish.. :)
     
  5. derfliw

    derfliw Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thank you Marcel. :)

    What worries me is that there is big chance that they will unroot the plants ( for any planted tank / any substrate )?

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    That is correct if the substrate is too coarse it can wear their little whiskers (for a better word) down.

    In saying that this in an Aquascaping Forum to get more correct information contact a specialty forum for catfish.

    Sand is still only one point but that has nothing to do with water parameters Ph etc.

    Keith:cat::cat:

    I had to repost this for some reason.
     
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    derfliw Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I understand. Thank you Keith and good morning. :):):)
     
  8. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Marcel has said it all for me.

    I had Khuli's in a heavily planted tank and never a problem.

    It is not advisable to add any Khuli Loaches until the tank is established, Clown Loaches will dig holes around plants looking for food.

    Another point about Khuli's give them plenty of shelter as they love to hide.

    Not saying this is wrong information but be warned the WWW is full on wrong information, check to make sure the information is always correct and where it came from.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    derfliw Aspiring Aquascaper

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    haha, yup, got it, thank you Keith. (y)

    Mine seems to be healthy.

    :cat::cat::cat:
     
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    Well it depends how you arrange things and how you plant your tank, it's no problem to use a larger grained clay based substrate in planted areas where the plants can root. This base layer you can top with fine soft material.. There is no need to fill your whole tank with one type of substrate.
    You can make planted areas and non planted areas, they dig where they can dig of course and don't where they can't. Cory's dig mainly for food,
    Khuli's more like dig themself also into the substrate to feel protected, but if you give them for example other hidding places they will like to use those as much. Give them little caves and cracks between or under stones and wood.. And once plants are fully and properly rooted a little cory or khuli is very unlikely to uproot it. I've had both for manny years, never seen them uproot anything.

    :)
     
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    derfliw Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thank you MarcelM, nothing beats hands-on experience. :)
     
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    Once they get established they are the perfect little Vacuum cleaner.

    :cat::cat:
     
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    derfliw Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yes, they are the best and my favorites.
     
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    Here are two of my Loaches.
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    :cat::cat:Keith
     
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    They look kinda neat, don't they.. :) Always thought their name was misspelled.. It should be Khudli..(y)
     
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    Marcel there is one massive problem with them you might see them at feeding time if lucky in a heavily planted tank but that is their natural environment.

    I thought I only had two left but when I pulled the tank down I found five very big and healthy Loaches.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    derfliw Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I like the pictures @keithgh , how old are they?

    That is what I am worried about, the moment I put them on a planted tank, there is a big chance that I will not be able to see them very often.
     
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    That is an old photo at a guess over 2yld.

    They are a working fish not a display fish and because of their size and cost you can build a big school and you will see them at feeding times.

    Keith :cat::cat:
     
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    derfliw Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I currently have 8 Corydoras ( 2 bronze, 2 peppered, 1 panda, 1 julii, 2 sterbai ) and 4 Khuli Loach, this is one of them, I do not think it has dropsy or something, but it is so fat and so active and has very long and beautiful fins and tails:

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    With two of Kuhli Loach

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  20. keithgh

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    The more Khuli you have the more you will see them.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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