I have 3 Pandas with my 3 Albinos and 3 Pygmaeus and they could not be happier. They are so cute to watch swim around and school with my other cories. They only grow to about 5 cm, so they will be right in the middle of the three kinds of cories I have. The females will seem a bit fuller when you look down on them from above and the males will seem smaller. They enjoy the pellets I drop in as well as the cudes and fallen fish food. They do not eat fish poo! They eat fish food that has fallen and algae, they will not eat your other fish's poo so don't think they will. They often need to take gulps of air so you need to insure that they are able to reach the top of the tank. Never keep only one by itself, the poor thing will waste away. They are a schooling fish. My local fish store carries them often and they are always full of life and fun. A great fish to have in any tank.
I have several panda's in my planted tank. They stay around the base mostly during the day, but at night they will sometimes come out an play. They like to swim across the front of the aquarium only to dive back into the bush.
I have 2 panda cories in my community tank. They are not quite as active as my albino cories, but they are still a great addition to the tank. They are very attractive fish and like to eat the frozen bloodworms and Hikari sinking wafers I feed them.
Pandas are very cute and hardy. I had some that lived 5 years. Fish that are aggressive to the other fish ignore the pandas. I guess pandas are stealth fish.
I have six Pandas in a 200 L aquarium. They are a good part of the clean up crew, and spend some time swimming as a school. They are mostly in the plants when the lights are on, but with them off you get to see them play together.
I've had my pandas for almost a year now, and they are really cool. They require no maintenance and will eat anything on the ground. It's better to have sand on the bottom than rocks, for their barbels are very sensitive and can wear down.
I have for of these fish in a 75 L tank with a male betta fish and 6 harlequin rasboras. The betta fish gets along with them all the time. Sometimes when they go to the surface for air, they bump into him and he doesn't seem bothered by them. I highly recommend these little guys.
I've kept quite a number of fish, but panda cories have to be my favorites. Mine are never boring, especially during feeding time, that's when they spring to life after laying motionlessly behind a rock. They always know when it's feeding time because their barbels are terrific olfactory organs, same with all other catfish, like their tankmates which are striped raphaels. After they finish eating, they just like to play, chasing each other, racing along the front glass or just simply cruising slowly along the substrate. Best part about them is that they keep the substrate free of any leftover food that can rot quickly. I really love these little guys. Last week I had 5, but one damaged its barbels and passed away. Still I love my four remaining cute, little cories.
I haven't had my panda for long. But I just noticed him doing something that was so interesting and handy I had to run to the computer and share it. He was hanging upside down from a plant chowing down on snail eggs!
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