The Panda catfish is a loveable, friendly fish. Inhabits the upper Amazon river in the basin of the river Ucayali in Peru. Can live both in clean and turbid waters of streams and tributaries, often floats on the surface of the sandy bottom. In this region the rivers are fed by melt water flowing down from the snow-capped Andes, because the tetras hiding Panda accustomed to the rapid flow and relatively low temperature ( about 19 ° C).
The catfish on the body attractive figure with a combination of dark and light stripes, resembling the coloration of the giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) . which gave its name to the fish. This catfish is the best choice for a beginner, it is peaceful, hardy and easily kept and bred. Corydoras panda was very expensive and was in great demand when first appeared in the late 1970s. the popularity remains the same still, but now it has become much more accessible.
Panda catfish are Armored catfish – they have two rows of Horny scales along the body. The genus name is from the Greek words Cogu – and helmet Doras – skin. The fish has a dense and flattened laterally body with a high back. The upper and lower jaws of the mouth of the lower pair of antennae. The dorsal fin is bilobed, black, with transparent upper edge; in females — rounded, the male’s is pointed and longer. The other fins are yellowish. The body is orange-coricnevogo with wide black stripes around the eyes fish, and on the basis of the caudal fin.
Tetras hiding Pandas are omnivorous and will not give you much trouble in feeding. As foods it is possible to use specialised dry feed (pellets, flakes), and also can give live and frozen food – Tubifex, Daphnia, Artemia, bloodworm. Continue reading