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Corydoras panda

 

Overview:

    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)

Classification:

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

Common name:

 

Panda Corydoras

    , Panda Cory, Panda Catfish

Distribution

    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.

Coloration:

    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.

Maintenance:

    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.

 

Diet:

    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.

Biotope:

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

Breeding:

    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.

References:http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.php?id=12188
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/corydoras/panda.php
http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/stats/stats_Corydoras_panda.html
Wikipedia.org

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