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Cinnamon Loach

cinnamon loach

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Scientific Name:   Pangio pangia     
Min. Tank Size 25 gallons     
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   75-80°F     
pH:   6.0-7.0/0-12°dGH      
Size:   2.5"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Best kept with at least 4 of its own species; can be kept with Cyprinids, Characins, Gouramis, Livebearers and other Loaches.

Cinnamon Loach

Also called the Cinnamon Kuhli Loach, the Cinnamon Loach is not commonly seen in the aquarium hobby. These fish are native to India, Bangladesh and Myanmar where they tend to inhabit slow-moving waters where the substrate is soft and sandy. Cinnamon Loaches have elongated, eel-like bodies that are typically dark brown in coloration. Many specimens exhibit a slightly yellowish coloration near the underside of the body and the tail may be lighter in color than the rest of the body.

Tank Set-up

In the home aquarium, Cinnamon Loaches require mature, well-maintained tanks in order to thrive. These fish cannot tolerate extreme temperatures and prefer dim lighting and gentle filtration. Cinnamon Loaches enjoy tanks lined with sandy substrate in which to dig and shady hiding places provided by stones and pieces of driftwood. These fish may also enjoy areas of dense vegetation as well as clumps of floating vegetation on the tank surface to diffuse the light.


These loaches are likely to accept a variety of foods in the home aquarium including sinking pellets as well as live and frozen foods. To maintain optimal health, offer your Cinnamon Loaches a varied diet of sinking pellets or granules supplemented with small live and frozen foods such as bloodworms, Daphnia and brine shrimp.


Sexing Cinnamon Loaches can be difficult but females of the species are typically more full-bodied than males and may appear plump when full with eggs. This species has not been known to breed in the home aquarium.

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