to the Family Cobitidae (which includes loaches). In rare occasions you may see the
Coolie loach swimming up and down before it disappears again for
long periods of time (even months). A very peaceful fish will do
well in all tanks and will stay hidden all day long. Will come out
to feed at night therefore one should remember to drop some sinking
pellets every other night. Will adapt to the water parameters of an
mbuna tank if the changes are gradual. Grows (very slowly) to about
12 cm and the color pattern and intensity is not lost as it grows. I
had them in the tank long ago and it was not possible to remove then
without taking out everything from the tank. Fortunately, the fish
adapted very well and you may see one or two of them (there were
four of them initially and I don't know how many are still there)
getting out of their caves and swim for an hour or so before hiding
again. Africans will not harass or bully it - strange for Africans.
A densely planted region in the tank and plain sand in the bottom
are required for this fish to feel comfortable. The photo is not the
best possible because the coolie loach will not stand still for a
second and may hide any minute.
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