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Corydoras panda - Panda Catfish, Panda CoryMagyarul / Hungarian
Corydoras panda - Panda Catfish, Panda CoryCorydoras panda - Panda Catfish, Panda CoryCorydoras panda - Panda Catfish, Panda Cory
  • Scientific name: Corydoras panda
  • Common name: Panda Catfish, Panda Cory
  • Group: Catfishes
  • Habitat: South America, Peru
  • Size: 4-5 cm
  • Biotope: Along banks of relatively fast-flowing, well-oxygenated rivers, in the Ucayali river system.
  • Social behavior: Very peaceful species; suitable for the smallest tank with small characins and dwarf cichlids.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; good quality flake food, frozen bloodworm, grindal and whiteworm.
  • Breeding: Quite hard
  • Tank: Minimum 40 litres
  • Population: 7-8 fish for 60 litres
  • Decoration: For substrate use a fine gravel bottom. The lighting should be dim and the tank well-planted and well-oxygenated. The Panda Cory prefers shallow tanks.
  • Temperature: 22-28°C
  • pH: 5,8-7,8
  • Hardness: 2-20 NK°
  • Lifespan: 5-10 years

Description: The name is derived from the spot pattern which is similar to that of a panda. The base colour of the body is white, and has two dark spots; one around the eye-from which the Panda Catfish receives its name- and the other by the base of the tail. The fins are tan to bronze in color, but the dorsal fin is black. The Panda Cory is hardy, but slightly more sensitive to water conditions than other Corydoras species.

The sexes differ in shape. The females are somewhat larger and fuller. Corydoras panda follows, with a few minor deviations, the standard model for breeding for the genus. The addition of new, clean, oxygenated water appears to be the primary stimulus for this species. Once conditioned fishes are stimulated into spawning, males begin chasing females energetically. The eggs are no larger than 1.5 mm and can be left on the glass as well as on plants and spawning mops. Don’t be surprised if the first Corydoras panda spawning yields less than 10 eggs. You can either leave the eggs with the parents or separate them from the adult fish. The eggs will hatch after 4-5 days if the water temperature is around 25°C. When the fry hatch, they will feed from their yolk sac for another 48 hours. After four weeks, they will be over 1 cm long and much thicker than when they hatched.

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