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South America


Corydoras panda

Corydoras panda


    Corydoras Panda is a common catfish in the retail community. Corydoras Panda is a perfect beginner fish, being undemanding about water conditions, very hardy, and peaceful. These fish do best in a planted aquarium.

Quick stats:

    Listed tank sizes are the minimum
    Size: Up to 2 Inches(5 cm)
    Tank: 15 gallons for a school of six in a species tank, larger if part of a community.
    Strata: Bottom to middle
    PH: 6.0 to 8.0
    Hardness: Prefers soft water (dh range 2 25)
    Temperature: 68°F to 77°F (20°-25° C)


    Order: Siluriformes
    Family: Callichthyidae
    Genera: Corydoradinae
    Species: panda


Common name:

    Panda Corydoras, Panda Cory, Panda Catfish

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    South America: Brazil, in the upper amazon river basin

General Body Form:
    Typical for the genus, The lateral armor consists of 22 to 24 upper and 20 to 22 lower bony plates. The upper jaw barbels extend almost to the gill slits. They can reach a length of about two inches.

    Off-white to pinkish-orange base color, under certain lighting conditions, a greenish sheen can be seen on the sides and the gill plate covers. The fins of the fish match the body in base color. The dorsal fin being marked by a conspicuous black smear that covers almost the entire fin area. The caudal peduncle is marked with a black band.

    This species prefers soft water and low to neutral pH, although it will tolerate a range of water conditions. Sandy substrate is best in order to prevent damage to barbels. Provide plenty of plants and driftwood throughout the aquarium, with a central open area for swimming. They should be kept in schools of at least six.
Corydoras panda

    Live or frozen brine shrimp and blackworms are relished. Also provide algae wafers and sinking shrimp pellets. High quality flake food may be supplemented. Variety is key to induce breeding.

    South American river tributaries with sandy substrate, tree roots, and leaf matter.

    Spawns in pairs or trios, depositing eggs one at a time on plants and glass around the tank. Courtship behavior consists of the female nudging the midsection of the male in typical cory T form. Females release one egg at a time which is held between the anal fins where it is fertilized by the male. The female then finds and cleans a surface in the tank where she deposits the egg. A female can produce as many as 100 eggs in a spawning cycle. Fry can be removed from the tank and raised separately from the parents. Feed liquifry initially, followed by microworms and then baby brine shrimp.


Your comments:


Please remember that the following comments are personal experiences and may or may not apply to your setup. Use them as guide to help better understand your fish, like us all individuals will behave differently under different circumstances.


From: Sarah
These little guys are very active cute fish. They thrive in cool water 67F-75F. Weekly 30%-50% WC are a must. Add cooler water to get them in the mood. Sand is best for corys cats they love to dig. I keep mine in a Cory only tank where they swim all around not just the bottom. They are playful and school together. Keep 4 or more. Right now I have 4 But I'm raising some fry. I have One female 3 male. They say more males to females will encourage spawning. To sex the female will be larger and plump when looked down at. Mine have been spawning a lot of me. The female will lay up to 10 eggs a day. These guys tend to hide the eggs around the tank. If they don't hide them they will eat them. Mine lays her eggs deep in the Java moss. I will take the moss out and pick around it to find the eggs. They will lay eggs for a few days it's not a one day thing. I try and get the eggs out when I can but I have seen Fry in the tank. As long as you have plants and rocks for them to hide in they could grow out with adults around. It take 4 weeks for them to be large enough to go back in with the parents. Some say they are hard to breed. This is not true. With right conditions they will spawn regularly for you. They hide the eggs so well and spawn randomly that seeing where the eggs are is hard. They might spawn and you never knew. If they get really active and chase each other around more often they might be spawning. If you see them make a T shape together you know eggs are on the way. Best Cory cats ever IMO. only getting to be 1.5 inches. great for a peaceful small community.





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