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I just got 5 Kuhli loaches for my 55 gallon planted tank yesterday. This is my first time having a loach. They’ve mostly hid since I put them in but I did a small water change today and they came out and went absolutely nuts (going up and down the glass and flying across the tank). The parameters are Temperature - 75 degrees, Ammonia - 0, Nitrite - 0, and Nitrate - 5. Ph is a bit to alkaline due to municipal water -7.4 but LFS is on the same water and has a similar ph. I did a small water change today because I lowered the water level when I drip acclimated them and it was splashing. I knew it might be a little stressful for new fish but didn’t think it be that big of a deal. The tank is lightly planted with swords, Anubias, and repens. I use Sera Toxivec as the dechlorinator (same as LFS). I poured the water in slowly rather than using my python cause they were freaking out so much. Did I do something wrong or is this just how Kuhli loaches act? Thanks for the advice!

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I would say that as long as you used the correct amount of dechlorinator for your water change they will be fine. When I had Kuhli loaches they acted the same way during a water change becoming more active and surfing the sides of the tank.
 
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For awhile one of mine would go nuts just before the lights started to dial down each night. It was funny and weird.
 

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Thanks, I won’t worry about it for now then. They all seem to have gone back to hiding now.

I would say that as long as you used the correct amount of dechlorinator for your water change they will be fine. When I had Kuhli loaches they acted the same way during a water change becoming more active and surfing the sides of the tank.
 
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