Slow-moving with a retiring nature, and easily intimidated or outcompeted for food by larger or more aggressive tankmates. It is best maintained alone or with small pelagic species.
Rival males can be very aggressive towards one another, especially in confined spaces. In small aquaria only a single pair or one male and several females should be purchased, but in roomier surroundings a group can coexist provided there is space for each male to establish a territory.
Well-planned placement of caves can help in this respect; do not be tempted to cluster all available spawning sites in one area, for example.If you do intend to house it in a community tankmates must be chosen with care.