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Pangio sp. 'panda'(Panda Kuhli Loach, Pangio unknown 01)

A silvery-brown fish with a pinkish ventral surface and a finely spotted dorsal surface. The face is marked with black patches on the snout and around the eyes, from whence the common name. Males very eel-like in shape; females more deep-bodied and very robust. Overall shape similar to other kuhli loaches, but proportionately longer and thinner.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Very quiet and retiring, this fish appreciates a tank with plenty of hiding places such as hollow ornaments, bogwood, and plants. It likes to burrow into sand or peat. Best kept in groups of half a dozen or so. The fish will mostly hide away during the day time and forage at night. In shady tanks with plenty of cover they become more outgoing, and settled groups will scoot about openly during the day.

Although a good scavenger, do not forget to provide this nocturnal fish with a proper diet. Catfish pellets, bloodworms, and flake will all be taken readily.

Breeding in this genus is sporadic, but most common in thickly planted tanks with soft, acidic water and a peaty substrate. Females are much deeper bodied than the males, and the fish are known to be egg scatterers.

Family Group: Loaches & Sharks
Distribution Southeast Asia: Thailand
Temperature 24-28 C
Size Around 8-10 cm, females notably larger and more robust than males
Water Parameters Preferably soft and slightly acidic, but adaptable
Water PH 6.0-7.5
Water Chemistry Adaptable
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Easy
Sociability Peaceful
Schooling Fish Yes

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