Very peaceful but should only be kept with species which enjoy similar water chemistry. Good tankmates include other similarly-sized rainbowfish, characins, danios, barbs, freshwater gobies, and catfish such as Corydoras. It can also be kept with many species of Rift Lake cichlid, due to its water requirements.
Like other rainbowfish, it can be quite skittish and does far better when kept in a shoal of at least 6-8, preferably more. The males will also be encouraged to display their best colours in the company of conspecifics.
This rainbowfish is ideally suited to a heavily planted setup and will show its best colours in such surroundings. Water flow should be quite slow and this will also benefit the plants. Allow open spaces between areas of planting, to allow swimming space and areas for males to display at one another. High water quality is essential to the well-being of this species, so weekly partial water changes are recommended.