Panda Cory (Corydoras Panda)
Native Location: Peru
Maximum Size: 5 cm (2 inches)
Temperature Range: 20 – 25℃ (68 – 77℉)
Preferred pH Range: 6.0 – 7.0
Minimum Aquarium Size: 38L (10 gallons)
Potential Tankmates: Clown loaches, Neon Tetras, Julli Cory
Care Level: Beginner
Panda Corys are a peaceful and social species. Their colourings are similar to the giant pandas we know and love. Making them an intriguing addition to smaller freshwater aquariums.
These are scavengers and will seek out all the food that makes it to the bottom of your aquarium. If housed with other fishes, you will need to ensure your Panda Corys are getting enough food. Try sinking food tablets or use tongs to get food straight to them. Include a diet of primarily meaty foods, live or frozen work; shrimps, worms, insects and crustaceans. Panda Corys are a peaceful and social species so, keep them in a school with at least six others of their kind. Also, try keeping them with other bottom dwellers such as Clown Loaches. So long as the other party is also a small to mid-sized peaceful species, they should get along swimmingly.
They are an enduring species and handle varieties of water conditions. So long as the water quality is high with frequent water changes. As Panda Corys are bottom-dwelling, they will scavenge through the substrate. You will need to use fine gravel or sand to avoid injuries. Provide enough cover by planting plenty of live vegetation and other decorations. Caves, rocks and driftwood will make great shade and hiding spots. Also, consider floating plants for extra shade.
Panda Corys have a white to light pink coloured body. With three prominent deep black markings. Male and female Panda Corys share a similar physique. But, a female will be larger and have a rounder underbelly. View them from the top of the tank to see this telling difference. Males are slimmer and shorter in length to their counterpart. Breeding at home is possible but can still be a moderate task to complete. In a breeding tank, make it homey with Java moss and other fine-leaved plants. Find deposited eggs on the flat surfaces of these plants. Once spawning is done, remove the adult fish from the tank as they will potentially eat their eggs and fry.