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Normally lives around littoral vegetation and ca be found in dams, lakes and canals as well as streams (Ref. 2906, 44894). Inhabits slow-flowing rivers or in still water like billabongs (Ref. 44894). It congregates in large schools below dams and weirs (Ref. 2906). Feeds on insects, larvae, microcrustaceans and some plant material. Spawning occurs from late spring to summer when water temperatures rise above 22°C. The male guards and fans the eggs until hatching about 2 days later. Young reach sexual maturity by the end of their first year (Ref. 44894).

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