Breeding of Corydoras panda

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Breeding of Corydoras panda

Unread postby juanico » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:12 pm

Since the success of breeding CPDs I have tried to breed some other species, but the hot temperatures made it impossible..so I switched to survival mode :D .
Since the temperature has become moderate in the past few weeks, finally I am able to continue my experiments.

Corydoras panda are small, pretty coloured catfish. Their peaceful behavior makes them perfect tank mates for community tanks. They do not harm plants and do not dig too deep in the substrate, so they are also perfect for a planted tank setup…however, tanks, which have the whole bottom covered by carpet plants are not ideal for pandas, since they love to dig in the ground all the time.

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It is a schooling fish, which feels more confident and safe in groups.
Their favorite temperature is around 22C…so a bit difficult to keep during Delhi summers, but mine were doing fine in 27C…for a couple of weeks.

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With decreasing temperature I separated a group of 7: 5 females and 2 males.
In a 2ft tank, just equipped with some old substrate, pots, java fern and a air-sponge-filter. I tried to cool down the temperature as much as possible by using pc-fans…24C is the lowest I was able to reach so far.

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For spawning I added a woollen mop, which is also used for breeding of killi fish.

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Conditioning of the parents took around 10 weeks with frozen mosquito larvae, micro worms and tetra bits.
No water changes and only scarce feeding in the first 4 weeks. After 4 weeks I started to change the water frequently, using more and more RO water, with increasing of water level.
Parallel the amount of food was increased, particularly more frozen mosquito larvae.
Still, nothing happened. Maybe the temperature was still too high, maybe the parents not matured enough.
I just continued the proceedings, without paying too much attention.
Although never seen any eggs, after another 3 weeks I found some frys swimming in the parents tank.
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Now I searched the woollen mop frequently and finally found some eggs attached after a few days.

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The eggs are quite firm, almost like sand grains.

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In a separate tank the frys hatch after 4-5 days and feed 2-3 days from their yolk. After that I start to feed them powdered tetra bits, and micro worms…do not know if they eat it, but they grow and develop.

3 days old:

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After 2,3 weeks:

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After 4-5 weeks:

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I was able to raise 23 pandas in 3 months now. Fellow breeders report 15-20 eggs per week per pair, which I have not reached so far. I hope this will improve with falling temperatures and once my parent pandas get more matured.

I am very open to advices, how to improve the spawning rate.



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Re: Breeding of Corydoras panda

Unread postby zico_aqua » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:22 pm

wow!! it's a beautiful journal kudos my man! congratulations!!! send some of em' to blore..:)
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Unread postby SCORPIO » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:36 pm

Really Nice. Can you please also update the Breeding project of Killi fish? I am curious to know about those.
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Re: Breeding of Corydoras panda

Unread postby aquadream » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:54 pm

Juanico I too love to have them on my tank one day.....Really appreciate your stage wise pic demonstrating different stages :goodpost

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Re: Breeding of Corydoras panda

Unread postby ishaan » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:44 pm

:goodpost another great breeding journal from you, i hope this will also become a sticky :clp
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Re: Breeding of Corydoras panda

Unread postby sushant » Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:20 am

wojtek, hats off to you man, you did it again :clp :clap
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Re: Breeding of Corydoras panda

Unread postby sushant » Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:22 am

SCORPIO wrote:Really Nice. Can you please also update the Breeding project of Killi fish? I am curious to know about those.


i too am particularly interested is this project, any updates on this?
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Re: Breeding of Corydoras panda

Unread postby Achintya » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:16 am

uff,nice work.i am try on mines :clp

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Re: Breeding of Corydoras panda

Unread postby bmukh » Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:29 am

Wonderful Wojtek...as always, well done and so well documented. You have certainly helped us, hobbyists, get more methodical and scientific!

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Re: Breeding of Corydoras panda

Unread postby jack » Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:56 am

very informative :)
Finally i am Broke but Happy :D