A diurnal species and usually solitary. Burrows
occasionally. Feeds on plants. Spawning season generally
coincides with the southwest monsoon. Spawning occurs in
flooded rivers. Fecundity varies from 226,000 to 2,794,000
depending upon the length and weight of the fish and weight
of the ovary. Widely introduced outside of its native range
for stocking reservoirs and aquaculture. Utilized fresh.