Found in standing and running waters; clear streams, canals, beels, ponds, and inundated paddy fields. Abundant during rainy season (Ref. 1479). This species could effectively be used in the control of guinea worms and also for malarial control. These small, bony, fleshy fishes are sold in heaps along with other small fishes in the market. Popular for aquarium purposes (Ref. 44325).