Leopard Corydoras (Corydoras Trilineatus) Fish Species Profile
The Leopard Corydoras is frequently confused with the Corydoras julii. You can tell them apart by the horizontal stripes. This species's stripes are thicker. There are very similar aquarium care requirements between the two species.
This fish is prevalent in the community aquarium because of their looks and personalities.
The Leopard Catfish is covered in overlaying scales referred to as plates or scutes. The body is a pale grey-silvery colour, with a narrow dark stripe that runs along the sideline from the gill covers to the end of the tail. On both sides of this stripe is a pale area, which are rows of spots.
The caudal fin is translucent with rows of dark spots that create stripes vertically through the tail. The dorsal fin is colourless with a large black spot on the upper portion, and the anal and adipose fins are also translucent with a row of spots running through them. The head is covered in dots that blend in a mottled pattern and sensitive barbels surround the mouth.
Like other catfish species, the dorsal, pectoral and adipose fins have a spiked fin ray that can be barred, making them difficult for a predator to swallow.
|Scientific Name||Corydoras Trilineatus|
|Other Names||Three stripe Corydoras, Leopard Catfish, False Julii Corydoras, Three-line Catfish|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Trios|
|Lifespan||2 - 3 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 5.5 cm|
|Temperature||72 - 79 ℉ (22.2 - 26.1 ℃)|
|PH||5.8 - 7.2|
|GH||2 - 25|
The Leopard Corydoras originates from the central Amazon River basin, in Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Peruvian Amazon as well as the coastal rivers of Suriname. They inhabit soft to moderately hard acidic water in small rivers, pools, creeks and ponds in areas of flooded forests.
The Leopard Catfish's primary source of diet should include high-quality sinking pellets or tablets. They will graze the bottom for leftover food from the surface and the mid-water dwellers, however, this will not be sufficient to keep them strong and healthy so supplement the dried food with live, freeze-dried and frozen foods such as daphnia, artemia and bloodworm.