Occurs in streams, ponds, swamps and drains, usually among aquatic weeds. Juveniles feed on zooplankton while adults on insects, larvae and small crustaceans. Breeds between October and January in response to rising water temperatures. Male colouration intensifies at this time. Eggs are laid underneath rock ledges, logs or leaves and are guarded and fanned by the male parent until hatching, 3-5 days later (Ref. 44894).