Occurs at temperatures ranging from 23.0-28.0 °C (Ref. 3). Occasionally forms schools. Is mainly diurnal. Adults feed predominantly on bottom algae, some of the planktonic organisms that are found in their stomachs are probably those which have settled on the bottom or were washed shorewards from open waters but they do feed directly on plankton (Ref. 2).
- Trewavas, E. 1983 Tilapiine fishes of the genera Sarotherodon, Oreochromis and Danakilia. British Mus. Nat. Hist., London, UK. 583 p. (Ref. 2) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=2&speccode=2
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