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Panda Corydoras

panda corydoras

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Scientific Name:   Corydoras panda      
Min. Tank Size:   25 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   70-79°F      
pH:   6.5-7.5/0-20°dGH     
Size:   2.5"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Well suited to the community tank; can be kept with Characins, Cyprinids, Anabantids, Dwarf Cichlids and other Catfish. Do not keep with large, aggressive fish.

Panda Corydoras

Most specimens of this species are captive-bred, commercially produced on fish farms in Eastern Europe and the Far East. The Panda Corydoras, also called the Panda Catfish, is native to the upper Amazon River in Peru where it tends to inhabit both clear and blackwater streams. In their native habitat, these Corydoras are used to high water flow and cooler water temperatures, though captive-bred species are typically able to adapt to a variety of tank conditions. This species typically exhibits pale or silver coloration on the body with a black patch over the eye and at the base of the caudal fin - the dorsal fin may also be black.

Tank Set-up

This species thrives best in an Amazon biotope decorated with sandy substrate, driftwood branches and leaf litter. Panda Corydoras may also do well in planted tanks, even though aquatic plants do not play a large role in their native environment. These fish are a very peaceful species, well suited to the community tank. Panda Corydoras prefer to be kept with conspecifics or with at least six of their own species and should not be kept with large, aggressive fish.


Panda Corydoras are likely to accept almost any food they are offered but a varied diet will ensure that they stay in optimal health. Offer your Corydoras a varied diet of sinking wafers or tablets supplemented with live and frozen foods such as bloodworms, chopped earthworm and brine shrimp.



Breeding Panda Corydoras Catfish is not difficult in the home aquarium and is best achieved in groups having a ratio of two males per female. The breeding tank should be kept at a temperature around 75 degrees Fahrenheit and a pH of 6.5. Performing large, cool water changes on a daily basis may help to encourage spawning. Once these fish have spawned the adults should be removed from the tank so they do not eat their eggs.

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