Synonyms: None Physical description: The body is stocky and deep, with an arched back. Two rows of bony
plates make up each side of the fish. The upper has 21-23 plates, while the lower 19-21. Two pairs of barbels are
located on the upper jaw. The body color is white.
The body 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 the tan to bronze in color, but the dorsal fin is black. There are several of similar
species that are often confused
and sold as this fish. Size/Length: To 2" (10 cm) Similar species: Adolph's Cory (
Corydoras adolphoi ), Burgess' Cory
), Bandit Cory (
Corydoras metae ), Diagonal-stripe
H: Along banks of slow-moving clear rivers.
South America; the tributaries
of and in the Ucayali River in Peru.
A: bottom Aquarium: 16" (40 cm) or 5 gallons (19 L).
Use a fine gravel bottom. The lighting should be dim and the tank well-planted and well-oxygenated. Like most other catfish,
the Panda Cory prefers shallow tanks. Water chemistry: pH 5.8-7.8 (7.0), 2-20 dH (10), 72-82°F (22-28°C) Social behavior: Follow suggestions for the genus description. Social behavior: Smaller tetras, Discus, Dwarf Cichlids, Livebearers, Gouramis, Barbs,
Danios, Killifish FOOD: Live; aquatic insects, white worms,
Tubifex , Brine Shrimp, insect larvae;
tablets; flake Suggested companions: The females are larger and plumper behind their pectoral fins, and
less colorful. Easier to sex when viewed from above. Breeding techniques: The Panda Catfish has spawned in Java moss and against the glass
of the aquarium.
In one case, when a group of fish reached maturity, a pair was isolated
in a spawning tank.
They were fed
The water had a hardness of 18 dH.
Frequent partial water changes
Cooler (72-75°F) water was used to initiate spawning. The female
lays 3 to 5 yellow eggs per spawning. After spawning, parents should be removed. The fry hatch in 4-6 days. Start feeding after 2 days.
Maintain good water properties
and change small portion of water every day to every other day. The fry grow fast if fed the proper diet of crushed
flake, small crustaceans, and micro-food.
Breeding potential: 8.
The Panda Catfish is a difficult
fish to breed. Remarks: Water maintenance is important with this
Frequent partial water
changes are needed for this catfish to prosper. Difficulty of care: 5.
The Panda Cory is hardy, but
slightly more sensitive to water conditions than other
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