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Cat-eLog Right Arrow Callichthyidae Right Arrow Corydoradinae Right Arrow Corydoras

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Scientific Name Corydoras panda  Nijssen & Isbrücker, 1971
Common Name(s) Panda Cory
Panda Corydoras, Panzerwels (Germany)
Type Locality Aquas Amarillas, trib. of Río Pachitea, Río Ucayali system, Huanuco, Peru.
Pronunciation Kory DOOR ass - PANN dah
Etymology Cory = helmet, doras = skin. In this case it was incorrectly used to mean armour (cuirasse) instead of skin in allusion to the dual rows of plates that run along the flanks of this genus. Panda in allusion to the Chinese mammal - see ID notes.
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Size 50mm (2") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Corydoras are identified by their twin rows of armour plates along the flanks and by having fewer than 10 dorsal fin rays. They are most commonly confused with the other genera in the sub-family, namely Brochis, Scleromystax and Aspidoras.

Corydoras panda has a light colored body with black blob covering their eyes (like the panda), a black spot the dorsal fin, and a spot on or near the base of the caudal fin.
Sexing Females are more rubust. The male has more of a streamlined body while the female is more rounded when viewed fromt he side. Easiest to view from the top. While breeding the female will be carrying the eggs with her ventral fins.
General Remarks First collected for aquarium hobbyists in 1969 by Foersch and Hanrieder. They were first collected in a mountain brook at the side of the Rio Lullapichis (Ucayali/Peru).
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution South America: Peru: Ucayali Basin
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH 6.0 - 7.4
Temperature 22.0-25.0°C or 71.6-77°F (Show others within this range)
Other Parameters Soft to moderate hardness - dGH 2-12.
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Feeding Suggested foods are high quality flake foods, sinking wafers, frozen blood worms, grindal worms, tubificid worms.
Furniture Sandy bottom with an open swimming space lined with bogwood and plants to retreat into.
Compatibility Peaceful community fish.
Suggested Tankmates Small peaceful characins or other non aggressive community fish. Keep in shoals.
Breeding Not too difficult, will breed as per any Corydoras species giving a good diet and water conditions, and water changes of a lower temperature to induce spawning. Two males to one female or one pair. Setup could be a 18''x12''x12'' tank with sand or bare bottom with Java moss, Java fern and a sponge filter, adding if you like a power filter for extra aeration and circulation of the water all leading to a hopefully successful spawning.
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References Beaufortiav. 18 (no. 239) - pp186 - Fig. 2
Registered Keepers (1) TP (k: 3), (2) zenyfish, (3) mikey, (4) CatBrat, (5) madattiver (k: 7), (6) Keithj, (7) Tulio, (8) Lornek8, (9) hellocatfish, (10) ivokilli, (11) Oliver D. (k: 20), who also notes: "Spawned...", (12) jenny, (13) LookVideos, (14) zhallam, (15) Heather2128 (p: 2, k: 3), (16) Yan, (17) Tuti, (18) NEONCORY (k: 106), (19) woofess, (20) philtre, (21) FuglyDragon (k: 6), who also notes: "Mixed wild caught and local bred", (22) Teelie (k: 2), who also notes: "Started with a dozen then subsequently started losing them down to a pair. Might try to get more in the future and attempt spawning. Currently in a 29g with another pair of C. trilineatus, Candy Stripe Plec, Neons, Betta and seven Celebese Rainbows.", (23) certan, (24) Cicolid, (25) AmLi (k: 25), (26) loafingloach, (27) cwm, (28) Daragh, (29) artemis1, (30) MHunt (k: 4), (31) spot86t (k: 4), (32) smithrc, (33) Birger Amundsen, (34) submarinr (k: 5), (35) anthony mcdonald (k: 7), (36) Revol (k: 6), (37) Bengt F, (38) Plecofanatic1989 (k: 3), (39) dixon1990, (40) fulvioander (k: 4), (41) rimbaudsarm, (42) Annarae, (43) Luka (k: 20), (44) Selveste_Preben (k: 4), (45) bslindgren (k: 2), who also notes: "One of my hard-learned mistakes. Lost them due to high temperature. Lovely fish, but this one needs cool water!", (46) jollysue (k: 20), (47) thelivelylady (k: 11), who also notes: "Started with one and after research got 6 more to go with him. Now down to two. I believe it is fungus that is killing them but didn't figure it out til it was too late. The two I have left also have fungus and I am treating them. 3/20/08 Have 11 no", (48) GoGoCactus, (49) iramjohn (k: 3), (50) soobie123 (k: 11), who also notes: "My first catfish, a group of 1F/2M. Spawned after a year, and haven't stopped since! I rescued some eggs from the community tank, and have successfully raised them to near-adults. Great fish, very personable.", (51) Catfish66, who also notes: "At the moment it is in one of my 60 cm tanks but it will be rehomed...It's the last survivor of a rescued group of 5", (52) awzen, (53) Pungen (k: 4), (54) Dave Rinaldo, (55) panaque (k: 10), (56) Suckermouth, (57) alexmuchtar, (58) Azaezl (k: 6), (59) Koen (k: 2), (60) Zebadee, (61) bevans (k: 5), who also notes: "1" and under when bought. 1 male and 1 female seem to have paired off already.", (62) corylover14, (63) fraggle (k: 2), (64) Yann (k: 3), (65) foffo (k: 5), (66) knusperfunk (k: 7), (67) polardbear (k: 71), (68) sarae, (69) Ill, (70) amergim, (71) myfish (k: 7), (72) Mariea, (73) gem400, (74) LowCat (k: 2), (75) kellygirl (k: 2), (76) weisel (k: 7), (77) pureplecs (k: 6), (78) jac (k: 57), (79) kamas88, who also notes: "C. panda "white"", (80) Bartman (k: 5), (81) NewFishKeeper (k: 7), (82) iam1ru12 (k: 3), (83) JimHitchiner (k: 4), (84) Kampfer, (85) Violence (k: 10), (86) AimsPink, (87) fjack88, (88) mgamer20o0, (89) Clammage, (90) krzys, (91) whitewaves (k: 2), (92) reneb, (93) nikelodeon79, (94) paul b 76 (k: 10), (95) Kets (k: 2), (96) retchub, (97) Wraith (k: 5), (98) Kula, (99) Sandtiger (k: 3), who also notes: "Deceased ", (100) tophat665 (k: 9), who also notes: "Put six in a community tank. Now have 9. ", (101) smegforbrains, (102) fire_chair (p: 2), (103) _Green_, (104) chris1932 (p: 2), (105) AlaskanCorydoras (k: 6), who also notes: "Only Corydoras in my big breeder tank. These fish are very playful, and play with my Yoyo loaches frequently. They also like playing in the uplift of my bubblewall. My favorite Corydoras.", (106) sonovue, (107) Crel (k: 2), (108) T4FR (k: 8), who also notes: "I have created a group of 10 Corydoras panda, a month or 2 ago. Sadly not all survived the settling in my tank.", (109) unkaface (p: 2), (110) thejudgement (k: 2), (111) Rx4Prosperity (k: 4), (112) LLLL (k: 2), (113) Voul (k: 4), (114) Rixxter (k: 24), (115) Segelkaerpfling (k: 6), (116) Nitro Cory, (117) I_Xeno (k: 15), (118) arzerkle, (119) pbyrley, (120) kabaltah (k: 24), (121) jha61, (122) Camaroahopp, (123) nomuken (k: 4), (124) matti2uude (k: 10), (125) crylautre, (126) KTLM, (127) dougy (k: 10), (128) tcmfish (k: 2), (129) suprabiatch (k: 5), (130) Cory_lover (k: 2), (131) Greg Curtis, (132) Redfish, (133) saphphx (k: 13), (134) buller42 (k: 10), (135) lokii_37 (p: 2), (136) jørn henning flåten, (137) Fred T. Washington, (138) ucdxmisty, (139) cichlideakvarie.dk, (140) donishi (p: 3), who also notes: "longfin ", (141) MayA83 (k: 5), (142) stlpleco, (143) TomK, (144) ayrtoninst (k: 8), (145) Chi (k: 3), (146) bigbadbraun, (147) harpchad, (148) Kyleonfire (k: 4), who also notes: "Very hardy fish, very active and great scavengers.", (149) d3n2 (p: 2, k: 3), (150) corydoras, (151) barneybulldog, (152) Tserisa (p: 2), (153) catfanatic (k: 15), who also notes: "Left to spawn in a 40 gallon tank 48 inches x12 x12 regular take youngster to sell. water is our standard tap water hugh ph and hard.", (154) DazSH (k: 5), (155) fishpimpin, (156) suntsu69 (k: 9), (157) keen-eyed (k: 2), (158) markhinch, (159) corycrazy (k: 6), (160) Akeath (k: 14), who also notes: "Needs frequent partial water changes, sensitive to parameters. Get as large a shoal as possible. Will die if kept in water over 25 Celsius. Can tell individuals apart by rear black mark (by caudal fin) - each catfish has a subtly different shape to the mark.", (161) cory777, (162) steveh28 (k: 2), (163) stuart264 (k: 4), (164) J Bluto (p: 2), (165) fleshgear, (166) AndiH, (167) catxx (k: 4), (168) Cento (k: 5), (169) Kestrix, (170) Aquanaut, (171) ranmasan (k: 8), who also notes: "Bought at 0.75" - lively shoaling", (172) cichlidman16yearsold (k: 23), who also notes: "free for buying other fish. going to try to breed them ", (173) mummymonkey (k: 112), (174) Ironhead (k: 7), (175) aurora (k: 10), (176) andywoolloo (k: 5), who also notes: "have had babies", (177) Melander (k: 14), who also notes: "Fantastic Cory, always out and about. More and more outgoing as the group have grown.", (178) adcc (k: 3), (179) Hansen (k: 5), (180) antares, (181) katgermain, (182) Shaun (k: 16), who also notes: "These breed after every waterchange.", (183) cherabin, (184) NC24, (185) Jimski, (186) percyplec, (187) centropy, (188) jnakers (k: 4), (189) john_d (k: 3), (190) BasS (k: 10), (191) [Lex], (192) vibaldi (k: 6), (193) pandalove81, (194) nasdaq77, (195) aides, (196) Dee (k: 2), who also notes: "Previously had a larger group", (197) FISHFREAK2, (198) dave.h, (199) Mowin (k: 8), (200) Martin S (p: 2, k: 6), (201) roacan, (202) jimlaroche83 (k: 2), (203) HerekittyKitty (k: 4), (204) jvision (k: 13), (205) DOThack, (206) gem997 (k: 3), (207) Sam (p: 2, k: 7), (208) miku (k: 6), (209) Mark Roesner, (210) arapaimag (k: 19), (211) melancholy, (212) bluestbluedog (k: 2), (213) CATMAndrew (k: 3), (214) Torb, (215) marangmic (k: 4), (216) extratea, (217) nerdoutlaw, (218) Neo (k: 3), (219) scrup, (220) Dinnie, (221) Draco Spectrum (k: 2), (222) reefdive, (223) damonbay, (224) ars (k: 6), who also notes: "Long fin breeders", (225) CATMANdrew (k: 10), (226) catfishhunter (p: 2), (227) minkweir, (228) Mata Negra (k: 2), (229) MChambers, (230) kiwiplymouth, (231) Biulu (k: 2), (232) Jessia, (233) donpetty (k: 7), who also notes: "Have found several fry in parent tank. Was not aware of spawns!", (234) boyneburn, (235) jeff.l, (236) dkshadowwolf, (237) WillowRose, (238) 4122Johns, (239) MrGT500, (240) Catfish freak, (241) gforcefx, (242) tjudy, (243) blu (k: 3), (244) jp11biod, (245) Darren Balch, (246) jakkals (p: 2), (247) archaquatics, (248) flipperfeet, (249) JamieH, (250) CaliCory (k: 15), who also notes: "Breeding group is almost ready. They are starting to fatten up and swim together in 1 huge group", (251) pleco_breeder (k: 6), who also notes: "Long fin variant", (252) mani29 (k: 7), (253) mane1138, (254) Vess, (255) _jeroenbol (k: 4), (256) madtundra, (257) yogi88, (258) gossei (k: 5), (259) Syno Rey (k: 5), (260) demonspawn, (261) Woodza73 (k: 4), (262) DGR1980, (263) agusmeteor (k: 608), (264) SuzukaS2k, (265) Anthonyck (k: 2), (266) Gsneufeld (k: 7), (267) jay_leask (k: 4), (268) Laelori, (269) soccerwardox (k: 8), who also notes: "I got these to start my juwel vision 450 community tank they were a bit small at first but are growing well. my panda corys have now started to breed.", (270) KillieOrCory, (271) Lars Jamne (k: 5), (272) puresp (k: 20), (273) Albert (k: 7), (274) lurch1000 (k: 11), who also notes: "Added in three stages", (275) dvdrew, (276) darr3ll, (277) Shazray, (278) ladytara33, (279) ali12345, (280) uaru (k: 14), (281) PlecosAndLoaches (k: 2), (282) hill5555 (k: 3), (283) crazyjock (k: 4), (284) keig0006 (k: 6), (285) Madtundra01, (286) tomr (p: 2, k: 11), (287) andersonpe, (288) bluefish1, (289) Stefanus, (290) seliel (k: 13), (291) rizla75, (292) summoner2183 (k: 4), (293) XxYoungAquaristxX (k: 5), (294) Cory Ben (k: 5), (295) corielover (k: 4), (296) Jdmcfast, (297) krazyGeoff (k: 5), (298) incha (k: 6), (299) Lee Meadows, (300) Kanta, (301) BlackCanopus, (302) Supercorygirl, (303) Sean B, (304) sweetcora, (305) LostYeti (k: 8), (306) HUNdani (k: 10), (307) chriscoli, (308) LiZZzz (k: 10), (309) Devonviolet, (310) cinnamonsticks (k: 5), (311) Ozboy (k: 10), (312) kvnbyl, (313) jorgehdzy, (314) nicoleandthebee (k: 3), (315) Rummage, (316) misskeets (k: 4), (317) Tamcon83, (318) plecokim, (319) hakkiee, (320) Ingvald Arne Meland, (321) bbdean, (322) thecameraguy, (323) javierhnb (k: 4), (324) TohokuChris, (325) Nabobmob1 (k: 7), (326) Deb2703 (k: 3), (327) labyazilim (k: 6), (328) sushi1980, (329) jodilynn, (330) rcbows (p: 2, k: 29), (331) Bardot (k: 11), (332) fishdoc, (333) frapadoodle (k: 3), (334) Ophelia (k: 2), (335) Mariska (k: 7), (336) lee73, (337) jamesyboy, (338) christiansen (k: 7), who also notes: "Active during the day, they show darker markings if tannins present in the water , easy spawners.", (339) lynja321, (340) Jumpmaster, (341) ahxw, (342) Eitel, (343) PabloG.

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Breeding Reports (1) Melander (b: 36), (2) donpetty (b: 35), (3) uaru (b: 35), (4) ars (b: 33), (5) CATMANdrew (b: 20), (6) cinnamonsticks (b: 19), (7) christiansen (b: 13), (8) javierhnb (b: 10), (9) Lars Jamne (b: 9), (10) panaque (b: 8), (11) catfanatic (b: 8), (12) Syno Rey (b: 7).
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