- Min. Tank Size: 10 gallon
- Max. Size: 2.5 inches
- Temp: 72°-80°
- pH: 5.5-7
- KH: 2-12
Corydoras paleatus is a species of catfish ( Siluriformes) of the family Callichthyidae. Its common names include Blue Leopard Corydoras, Mottled Corydoras and Peppered catfish. It originates from the lower Paraná River basin and coastal rivers in Uruguay and Brazil.
C. paleatus has been known to produce sound; it does this by abduction of its pectoral fins. This is used by males during courtship and interpersonal communication, and by both sexes and juveniles when distressed.
In reproduction, males do not behave aggressively toward each other, nor do they monopolize mating areas or females. The T-position is involved in courtship, as with many other Corydoras species.
It is a very good choice for the community aquarium, as it is a hardy, good looking, and peaceful fish. They can be successfully kept with other small, peaceful aquarium fish like livebearers, danios and tetras. It is sometimes seen in the shops as an albino form, although this is similar to other albino corys. It grows to around 7.5 cm, and is easily bred at home.
These fish have sensitive barbels and one should have the proper substrate for them. To keep their barbels (whiskers) in the best condition one requires the fine gravel that looks like coarse salt. This is available in white and brown, both look good. Beware that fry are difficult to spot on the brown gravel. Gravel with sharp edges will cut their barbels (until they are gone). Their barbels are important for finding food, and should remain healthy.