Panda Corydoras Catfish

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Corydoras panda - Nijssen & Isbrücker, 1971
Panda Corydoras Catfish

An endearing smaller Cory catfish, ideal for beginners and nano aquariums. Aaron Norman


Delightful, modestly sized catfish that is perfect for a beginner's aquarium. "Armored" catfish with two main rows of overlapping, bony plates on their bodies.

Family: Callichthyidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

  • Upper Amazon River Basin

Habitat: Will be seen continuously and industrially searching the substrate for food. The best choice is either fine-grade or rounded gravel.

Maximum length: 4.5 cm (2 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (72 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom.


Omnivore. Considered scavengers, these fishes are often neglected when it comes to feeding. They must be fed in the morning and just after the lights are extinguished at night to ensure optimum health and prepare them for spawning. Will accept a wide variety of meaty and herbivore aquarium fare, including flakes and pellets, especially those specifically designed for corys.

Aquarium Compatibility

Their constant grubbing keeps the substrate well stirred and free of stagnant pockets.


The larger female carries fertilized eggs between her ventral fins and deposits them on glass panes, leaves or stones. Fry are easily raised in a well-established tank with a layer of mulm.


Provide hiding places, such as driftwood, rocks or inverted flowerpots.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: AN
Text credit: KW