Eel Loach (Pangio anguillaris)

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Eel Loach

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Eel Loach

Pangio anguillaris

95 Litres (25 US G.)

8.9-10.2cm (3.5-4 ")




6.0 - 7.2

24 -26 °C (75.2-78.8°F)

5-12 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Eel Loach

Additional scientific names

Acantophthalmus anguillaris, Acanthophthalmus vermicularis

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Females with eggs will be plumper than males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Should only be kept with similar sized robust fish but nothing aggressive. Should be kept in groups of 4 or more.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Relatively effective in keeping small snail populations under control. Will eat a variety of foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food such as bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Must only be kept in well-matured long tanks. A soft substrate is essential, either sand or fine rounded gravel. Does not appreciate very strong currents.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A sociable fish that finds comfort in numbers. A very active burrower, even in gravel, will spend a lot of its time buried.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A very slender snake-like Loach, it is has a pale belly while the body is mottled green/grey with a strong dark lateral line running down the body.

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