Flag-tailed Panda Corydoras is found in the Oyapock River basin, French Guiana, in South America. It is usually found in nature is slow-flowing streams, on the margins of larger rivers, in marshland, in ponds and also in lakes but seldom, if ever, in stagnant water.
The Corydoras has a flat-bellied body with its back arched ahead of the dorsal fin. Corydoras are generally bottom-feeder, which is not to suggest that they eat rubbish, rather they thrive on food which has settled to the bottom. In the aquarium, Corydoras are regularly seen taking algae off the glass of the tank or off rocks within the tank.
Contrary to popular belief, Corydoras prefer to live in small shoals (in nature, such shoals can comprise hundreds, even thousands, of individuals) and, unlike catfish, are active during the daytime and early evening rather than during the night.
It may surprise you to learn that Corydoras can live to an age greater than twenty years so be sure that you know about the species that you are buying because it may be a long-term relationship that you will enjoy.
The Corydoras, in addition to its body armor (as opposed to the more conventional scales amongst other species of fish), had four spiked and usually poisonous barbs – one under each eye, one on the adipose fin and one on the dorsal fin. In most cases, the leading edge of the dorsal fin is colored and this may be as a warning to potential predators that it is “weaponized”.
Flag-tailed Panda Corydoras will grow up to around 2 to 2.2 inches in the aquarium and live for up to 15 years but note that Corydoras can be long-lived, reaching ages of in excess of twenty years so don’t be surprised if your Corydoras outlives “expert” predictions.
Flag-tailed Panda Corydoras prefers fairly soft, neutral water with a pH of 6.0 to 7.2 with a temperature range between 73 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit and up to 2 to 12 dGH.
Flag-tailed Panda Corydoras enjoys soft to medium, slightly acidic or neutral water conditions so it will be comfortable with other species of similar size that prefer this type of water chemistry.
The female is generally larger, deeper and wider bodied than the male and displays less intense color than the male in the body at spawning times. The male tends to be somewhat slimmer and its coloring is more intense in the body than the female.
The Corydoras, being that it is a river and lake dweller, enjoys flowing water not still or stagnant water so the aquarium needs to be set up in such a way that it has a current of water from one end to the other. This is generally provided by routine aerations and filtration systems. In its natural habitat Corydoras enjoys water flow, The Corydoras is adapted to that environment.
- Species – Corydoras oiapoquensis
- Common Name – Flagtail Panda Cory
- Origin – South America
- Diet – omnivore
- PH Range – 6 – 7.5
- Temperature – Tropical 20°c – 25°c
- Breed Type – Egg Layer
- Maxc Size – approximately 5cm
- Sex – Un-sexed