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BiologyFound in sluggish and standing water. A common species proliferating in impoundments. Most abundant during the rainy season. Feeds on invertebrates (Ref. 12693), worms and crustaceans (Ref. 7020). Breeds everywhere during the rains. Builds a nest and guards its young. Rare in markets and often found in the aquarium trade (Ref. 12693). Aquarium keeping: in groups of 5 or more individuals; minimum aquarium size 60 cm (Ref. 51539).