This tropical, freshwater cichlid is popular with aquarists. In the wild in makes its home in the rivers of tropical South America. The stripes aid in its camouflage. This is not just because it is shy, but also because it is an ambush predator and hunts smaller fish, insect larvae and any tasty invertebrates that might stray its way.
If you wish to keep them in an aquarium, it should be noted that they are semi-aggressive and will eat anything that is small enough to fit in their mouth. They require heated water as well.