Maximum size : 5 cm

Panda Corydoras - Corydoras Panda : Complete Fish Profile & Care Guide

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Panda Corydoras (Corydoras Panda) are a fascinating addition to any community aquarium, known for their peaceful and non-aggressive nature. These small fish are popular among fish keepers and make great tank mates for similarly sized species. However, larger and more aggressive fish should not be housed with them. To ensure a healthy and active school of Corydoras, it is best to keep them in groups of at least six individuals. They will be far more confident and active in the presence of their own kind.

For the optimal health and well-being of your fish, it is highly recommended to keep them on a soft sand substrate that will allow them to root around and forage without risking damage to their sensitive barbels. Coarse gravel can accumulate waste that can lead to bacterial infections and abrasions, so it's best to avoid it altogether. Efficient filtration is essential, and the water should have moderate movement and oxygenation levels. Regular maintenance and partial water changes are necessary to keep the aquarium environment healthy for your fish. To make your aquarium more natural for your fish, provide plenty of shaded areas amongst driftwood, rocks, and dense planting. This will allow your fish to hide and explore their surroundings, leading to a more engaging and natural display.

The Panda Corydoras boasts a unique and striking appearance with its light and dark markings. Their bodies range from white to pink and display three prominent spots that are reminiscent of their namesake - the panda. The first black spot covers the upper part of their head and eyes, while the second one is on their dorsal fin and the third one is located where their tail begins. They also have three pairs of barbells that add to their charm. Overall, the Panda Corydoras is a charming and peaceful fish that adds both beauty and character to any community aquarium.

1 other variant of the Panda Corydoras

Below is a list of Variant/Colour Morphs of the Panda Corydoras

Panda Corydoras Photos

Sexual Dimorphism

When it comes to distinguishing between the male and female Panda Corydoras, the identification can only be made by observing these fish from above. Typically, females exhibit a broader body shape and may be slightly larger than males. Accurate sexing of these fish is essential when it comes to breeding and maintaining a healthy population in the home aquarium.

Quick Facts

Scientific NameCorydoras Panda
Year Described1971
Other NamesPanda Catfish, Panda Cory Cat
OriginsEcuador , Peru
Max Size5 cm
Aquarium LevelBottom
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Diet & FeedingOmnivore
ReproductionEgg Depositor
LifespanUp to 5 Years

Water Parameters

Water TypeFreshwater
pH 6.0 - 8.0
GH 2 - 20
Ideal Temperature
68 - 77
20 - 25

Natural Habitat

Panda Corydoras are native to the stunning landscapes of South America and can be found in countries like Ecuador and Peru. One of the most notable places to spot the Panda Corydoras is in the Huanaco region, where they can be found in the Rio Amarillae and Rio Aquas - two tributaries of the Rio Ucayali and the Rio Pachitea River system.

These fish are adaptable to a wide range of environments and can be found in both clear and blackwater tributaries and streams. Interestingly, the Panda Corydoras tend to gravitate towards sandy substrates, many of which are fed by meltwater run-off from the majestic Andean mountains. 

 Ucayali River - Peru
Peru Flag


Breeding the Panda Corydoras (Corydoras panda) is a relatively simple process that involves some specific tank conditions and careful management. First, it is necessary to prepare a separate breeding tank that is heavily planted and has either sand or smooth gravel as the substrate. Alternatively, a bare-bottom tank is also suitable.

For optimal breeding success, the water in the breeding tank should be slightly acidic and soft. It is also recommended to have more males than females in the breeding group, with a ratio of two males to every female. To encourage spawning, it is essential to condition the breeding group with live and frozen foods. 

Once the females are full of eggs, perform a profound water change with colder water and increase the flow and oxygenation in the tank. This should be replicated daily until the Corydoras spawn. During spawning, the males will continuously pursue the females until the female decides to lay eggs. The female will position her head against the mid-portion of the male, and the male will clasp the female's barbels with his pectoral fins.

The female will then form a basket with her pelvic fins, in which she will store up to four eggs. It is believed that the sperm passes through the female's gills and is directed to fertilize the eggs. Once fertilized, the female will find the optimal location to attach her sticky eggs. This process will continue until she has laid around 100 to 150 eggs. 

It is worth noting that the parents will not care for or protect the eggs once they have been laid and are more likely to eat them. Therefore, it is essential to separate the eggs if the fry is to survive. The eggs will usually hatch three to five days later, and you should then feed the fry with freshly hatched micro-worms, rotifers or brine shrimp. With careful management and appropriate conditions, breeding the Panda Corydoras can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Diet & feeding

To ensure optimal nutrition for the Panda Corydoras, a well-balanced diet consisting of high-quality sinking pellets or tablets is recommended as a staple. This diet can be supplemented with frozen, freeze-dried, and live foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, daphnia, and other similar options. It is important to offer a variety of foods to prevent nutritional deficiencies and maintain overall health.

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