The Panda Tetra typically occupies the top and middle level of the water column, although it can often be seen swimming and feeding in the middle and bottom levels as well. It is safe to keep with most other peaceful, small fish as well as peaceful dwarf and Geophagus cichlids. It may sometimes nip at the fins of slow-moving, long-finned fish, but it is otherwise regarded as very peaceful. Adult dwarf shrimp are possibly safe tankmates as well, but adult Dawn Tetras may eat small dwarf shrimp and their fry. Larger, peaceful invertebrates can also make good tankmates. Since it is tank-bred, the Dawn Tetra is fairly adaptable, but its natural habitat contains soft, acidic water rich in tannins and leaf litter. It does not like overly bright lighting and it requires plenty of decor in the aquarium.