Very peaceful, making it an ideal resident of the well-researched community aquarium.
It is perhaps best-maintained alongside similarly-sized characids, gasteropelecids, lebiasinids, smaller callichthyid or loricariid catfishes and non-predatory, small-to-medium-sized cichlids.
Try to buy a mixed-sex group of at least 8-10 specimens since this species forms temporary dominance hierarchies within which males compete for female attention, and therefore displays more interesting behaviour and better colouration when maintained in numbers.
This species is a popular aquarium fish and bred on a commercial basis in several countries, therefore wild fish are no longer collected. It is also traded as ‘red’, ‘fire’, ‘rio’, ‘Von Rio’, and ‘orange Von Rio’ tetra, while a number of selectively-bred ornamental forms have been developed including ‘orange’, ‘golden’, ‘diamond’, and ‘albino’ strains.