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BiologyObserved over sandy substrate (Ref. 27732). Found near any type of solid surface at midwater and bottom depths in streams and rivers. Moves into seasonally flooded habitats and returns to the rivers as floodwaters recede. Feeds on algae, periphyton, phytoplankton and some zooplankton. Popular in aquarium trade (Ref. 12693). Aquarium keeping: minimum aquarium size 120 cm (Ref. 51539).