Stomach contents of this fish have revealed sand fly larvae, dipterans and other small crustaceans. As such, this is the only featherfin that should thrive on a protein based diet, that includes mysis shrimp, cyclops, daphnia and mosquito larvae.
Minimum tank size would be a 4ft, 65 gallon, though truthfully, larger six foot tanks are recommended. It is best to have a harem of females for the male, and a sand substrate for him to dig his pits in.
It is recommended to keep only one featherfin species per aquarium.