Because of its peaceful nature and hardness, this species is ideal for inexperienced aquarists.
Although classified as a benthopelagic fish (meaning they’ll swim from the sediment to the surface) it prefers the tank’s middle and surface areas. They are a shy and timid specimen and may take some time to get comfortable in your tank. Only when they relax will the male begin to show off his typical colouring.
Although they are not outgoing, they enjoy their own kind of company (4 to 6 people).
It is likely that there will be some sort of hierarchy within a group, with the dominant individual chasing away the other fish during meal time and males becoming aggressive towards females.
To prevent bullying, ensure dense vegetation is provided for hiding spaces.