Found in lakes, rivers and streams between 0 and 600 m elevation. The young feed on terrestrial and aquatic insects, leaves, fruits and seeds but become mainly herbivorous when adult. Eggs are deposited in nests located in sand bottoms of streams.
- Lima, F.C.T. 2003 Characidae - Bryconinae (Characins, tetras). p. 174-181. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. (Ref. 38504) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=38504&speccode=5453