This is easily the most widely available species in the genus. It first made its appearance in the hobby in 1973 and since then has been widely bred commercially. Some mature cultivated males have particularly deep coloration. There is also a marbled variety.
- Lake Sentani and surrounding areas in Irian Jaya (New Guinea).
- Up to 6in (15cm) reported, but usually smaller.
- A peaceful, though active, shoaler.
- Livefoods preferred, but some commercial formulations also accepted.
- Spacious, well planted, with large, central, open swimming area. Water chemistry is not critical as long as quality is good; neutral to slightly alkaline, hard water accepted, with frequent partial water changes. Temperature range: 68-77 F (20-25 C).
- Eggs are scattered among fine- leaved vegetation. Hatching can take around 7 days.