The False Julii Cory Catfish or Corydoras trilineatus has three lines of spots on its body. This is in contrast to the Julii Cory catfish, species name Corydoras julii, who have fine black spotting all over and a black mark on the dorsal fin. False Corys have a darker pattern of stripes on a lighter colored body.
The False Julii Cory Catfish is also called the leopard catfish, three stripe corydoras and three line catfish.
The False Julii Cory Catfish is native to the Amazon River and coastal rivers in the Amazon basin.
Julii Corys eat anything that sinks to the bottom, which in a tank is something like excess flake food though they can be fed sinking food pellets. The False Julii Cory Catfish eats worms, insects and crustaceans and plant material. False Julii will eat bring shrimp, algae wafers, fake food that escapes faster fish, pellets and blood worms.
Julii Corys are regularly bred in groups of three, two males and one female. False Juliii Corys prefer to live in large groups that pair off to breed. False Julii catfish are more social than Julii Corys, and they need to be kept in groups of at least three since they like to school. Julii Corys don’t need as much company as false Corys.
Julii Corys lay white sticky eggs on solid surfaces. The catfish will eat some of the eggs before they hatch. False Julii Cory Catfish also attach their sticky eggs to suitable solid locations like rocks. They, too, will eat the eggs if possible. This is why the females lay two to four eggs at a time and hide them among plants. Those eggs that aren’t eaten will hatch with fry in about five days.
The False Julii Cory Catfish lives best in a tank that is 70 to 80 F and has a water pH of 6 to 8.
False Julii Cory fish grow to two inches in length. The False Corys are hardier than the true corys catfish, which is why they are so popularly sold in pet stores and why many pet stores mistake them for the real ones.