Scientifically known as Corydoras trilineatus, the Leopard Catfish, also called Three Line Corydoras or Three Stripe Corydoras, is an easy-to-care-for species. These small schooling catfish can grow up to 2.3 inches (6 cm) and have a lifespan of 2 to 3 years.
Originating from the Central Amazon River basin in South America, Leopard Catfish are peaceful in temperament and should be kept in schools. They thrive in water parameters with a pH range of 6 - 8, a temperature between 72°F - 79°F (22°C - 26°C), and water hardness from 2° to 25° dH.
Breeding for this species involves the female holding the eggs between her pelvic fins, while the male fertilizes them. The female then swims to a suitable spot to attach the sticky eggs. This process is repeated until about 100 eggs have been fertilized and attached.
A 20-gallon (75 liters) aquarium is sufficient for a school of Leopard Catfish. When choosing tankmates, it's best to select similar-sized peaceful species.
In their natural habitat, they feed on small crustaceans, worms, and plant matter. In captivity, they can be fed smaller flakes and micro pellets, with New Life Spectrum micro pellets being an excellent option.