This is a new species in the trade and not much is known about them. Assuming their behavior is similar to other Mastacembelus species, this fish may be territorial and potentially aggressive to other spiny eels. They are nocturnal predators and do not compete with things like catfish or loaches well. Spiny eels favor live foods, particularly earthworms and river shrimps. Once settled in and tame, they will accept frozen foods.