This fish is relatively aggressive (compared to its size). It needs some swimming space which should be allowed in the tank. Will try to breed with any female that resembles the coloration of its own including members of the Aulonocara genus which are very close in size. Keeps breeding coloration and attitude all the time. When kept with aggressive mbuna (Melanochromis species) it showed no aggression, being very shy and frightened. When given ample space its behavior changed radically becoming aggressive even against fishes double the size of it. Has grown to about 15 cm the female being much smaller.
Minimum tank size : 120 cm / 200 liters. Recommended size : 150 cm / 500 liters. Males will fight with each other no matter the tank size.