It is found in relatively deep water, with females in open water just above areas of rocky substrates and males preferring to sit under rocky overhangs or in caves.
This species will generally be found in the upper levels of the aquarium and swimming space is important. Most hobbyists like to keep it in a community with other species so a deep aquarium filled with piles of rock arranged to form caves with swimming space above is ideal. Some tall vertical rocks forming overhangs or large caves should ideally be used to simulate the fishes’ natural habitat. As it is a deep water fish it will show much better colouration under subdued lighting.