The body colour of the male is yellow to yellow-green. The female is comparable in colour, but maybe slightly much more brown and lighter in tone. The body of the male is well marked with rows of red spots which extend into the dorsal, caudal and anal fins. The caudal and anal fins have a red and black edge. Fins of the male are brownish or yellow, and clear in the female except for a dark spot on her dorsal.
A most distinctive feature of this species is the protruding scales along the front dorsal surface of the body; these scales stand out from the body like the teeth of a saw.
It is not a great community fish as’ it is somewhat pugnacious and carnivorous; it’ll also attempt to leap out of its tank.
This species also appears to like just a little salt in the water and one teaspoonful of sea-salt to every gallon of water is approximately the correct proportion.
Adult fish attain a length of three.5 – 4 inch. They spawn at 75°F and will eat their own eggs and young, as a result the plants in the breeding tank should be dense and include floating plants, and also the adults should be removed as soon as feasible after spawning.