They reside in areas with shade and muddy substrates within deep hill streams. Adults are typically found in clear waters featuring moderate to swift currents, while juveniles prefer quieter pools located farther downstream. These fish are also encountered in medium to large-sized rivers, flooded fields, and rapidly flowing mountain streams. Their dietary preferences include insects and small fish. In Nepal, they are renowned for their delectable taste, ranking as one of the most delicious fish species . Despite their culinary appeal, they are seldom sighted in local markets.