Max Size: 5cm

Panda Corydoras (Corydoras Panda)

Panda Corydoras are very peaceful and are quite popular fish for the community aquarium and make good tank mates for similarly sized species. However, they shouldn't be kept with anything very large or aggressive. Try to keep Corydoras in groups as they're far more confident and active in the presence of the same species a group of at least six is best.

The Panda Corydoras has attractive patterning, with the combination of light and dark markings, the bodies range from white to pink and display three prominent spots on their body. The first black spot covers the upper part of their head and their eyes, just like a panda, the second one is on the dorsal fin, and the third one is located where their tail begins. They also have three pairs of barbells.


Panda corydoras
Panda corydoras
Panda corydoras
Panda corydoras
Panda Corydoras
Quick Facts
Scientific NameCorydoras Panda
Year Described1971
Other NamesPanda Catfish, Panda Cory Cat
OriginsEcuador, Peru
Aquarium LevelBottom
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asTrios
Lifespan8 - 15 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH2 - 20
68 - 77℉
20 - 25℃

Natural Habitat

Ucayali River


In the home aquarium, the Panda Corydoras will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Tank Mates

3 interesting tank mate ideas for the Panda Corydoras could include:

Black Widow Tetra(Gymnocorymbus ternetzi)
Celestial Pearl Danio(Danio margaritatus)
Congo Tetra(Phenacogrammus interruptus)

Sexual Dimorphism

You can only determine the sex of males and females when looking from above. The females may be a bit larger than the males and have a wider body.

Other Corydoras of interest

Adolfos Catfish(Corydoras adolfoi)
Agassizs Corydoras(Corydoras agassizii)
Albino Corydoras(Corydoras aeneus)
Araguaia Corydoras(Corydoras araguaiaensis)
Armatus Corydoras(Corydoras armatus)
Axelrods Corydoras(Corydoras axelrodi)
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Date Added: 07/09/2020 - Updated: 10/01/2023 12:07:29