Habitat: Tropical shallow, slow moving, well shaded streams of Sri Lanka from Kelani to the Nilwala basin.
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Ideal Tank Conditions:
Temperature Range: 73-80.5° F
pH Range: 6.0-8.0
Hardness Range: 4-10
Diet & Nutrition: Omnivore; should be fed a variety of foods including vegetables and meaty foods. Consider a good quality flake food along with occasional feedings of live brine shrimp, daphnia, bloodworms, and frozen foods. They also enjoy eating algae.
Breeding & Spawning: Place several of them in an aquarium until they pair off. When a pair comes together, the female will lay the eggs with the male following closely behind her fertilizing them. In about five days the fry will be free swimming.
Gender: Adult males are noticeably smaller, slimmer, and more colourful than females, especially when in spawning condition.