Panda Corydoras (Corydoras Panda) Fish Species Profile
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.
|Scientific Name||Corydoras Panda|
|Other Names||Panda Catfish, Panda Cory Cat|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Trios|
|Lifespan||8 - 15 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 5 cm|
|Temperature||68 - 77 ℉ (20 - 25 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 8.0|
|GH||2 - 20|
Origins of the Panda Corydoras
The Panda Corydoras are native to South America. They can be found in Ecuador and Peru and most reputably in the Huanaco region, where it resides in the Rio Amarillae and Rio Aquas, a tributary of the Rio Ucayali and the Rio Pachitea River system.
This species inhabits both clear and blackwater tributaries and streams, usually flowing over sandy substrates, most of which are filled with meltwater run-off from the snow-capped Andean mountains at specific points in the year.
Panda Corydoras are easy to feed. High-quality sinking tablets or pellets should be the staple of their diet then supplement this with frozen, freezedried and live foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworm, daphnia and similar.
Breeding the Panda Corydoras
The Panda Corydoras is a relatively easy species to breed.
Ideally, a separate breeding tank will be required to hatch and grow the fry. The tank should be heavily planted, spawning mops would also work, and the substrate should be sand or smooth gravel. A bare bottom tank is also fitting.
The water should be somewhat acidic and soft and having a higher number of males to females when breeding Corydoras is better, two males to every female are advised.
Condition the breeding group on live and frozen foods; this will encourage spawning.
When the females are full of eggs, perform a profound water change with colder water, and increase the flow and the oxygenation in the tank, repeat this daily until the fish spawn.
Spawning usually begins with heightened activity, and the males will continuously seek the females. When a female decides to procure a male, the female will position her head against the mid-portion of the male, the male will then clasp the barbels of the female with his pectoral fins, and the female will form a basket with her pelvic fins, in which she will store up to four eggs. It is thought that the sperm passes through the female's gills and are directed to the eggs being fertilised.
Once the eggs have been fertilised, the female will find a right spot to attach her sticky eggs. This process will continue until she has laid around 100 to 150 eggs.
The parents will not care for nor protect the eggs once they have been laid, and will more than likely eat them so they must be separated from them if the fry is to survive.
The eggs will usually hatch three to five days later, and you should then feed them freshly hatched micro-worms, rotifers or brine shrimp.