Kuhli Loaches - How many in 55G?

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abcdefghi

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How many Kuhli loaches would be a good number to have in a 55G? the only other bottom dwelling fish is a BN pleco. Also in the tank are 2 angels, and 18 neon/black neons.

I currently have some weather loaches in there, but am planning to return them to the store (hopefully to trade on the kuhlis).

Thanks.
 

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^^ what he said, I have 8 in my 29g and they stay pretty active at that number. If I didn't also have 6 cories in there I'd probably up mine to about 16.
 

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Hey, Steph, did your daughter's kuhlis (formerly mine) survive the power outage...I've been afraid to ask,,,Picking up a stand for my 75 tomorrow...Starting over.
 

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I'd say you could have +/-20, their bioload is quite small. The more you have the more you'll see them
Excellent! I was hoping to get a good number in there. Just wanted to confirm. Now to source some locally, and then attempt to catch 5 highly active weather loaches from a planted 55G.
 

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Good luck! I had 13 in a 40g long (same footprint as 55g) plus 3 v.maasii, similar to kuhlis, & they were far from crowded. The older striped were more sedate but upfront, the black more active. If you mix them try to have at least 6 of each species.
 
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