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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.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||Up to 2 Inches(5 cm)
||15 gallons for a school of six in a species tank, larger if
part of a community.
||Bottom to middle
||6.0 to 8.0
||Prefers soft water (dh range 2 – 25)
||68°F to 77°F (20°-25° C)
Panda Corydoras, Panda Cory, Panda Catfish
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.
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
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.