Should ideally be kept in a heavily-planted set-up, preferably with a dark substrate.
The broken lines of sight that exist in such a display allow it to display natural behaviour as well as helping to reduce skittishness and offering refuges for sub-dominant individuals.
Floating plants are a useful addition as are driftwood branches and dried leaf litter, the latter in particular driving establishment of microbe colonies as decomposition occurs.
Such microorganisms can provide a valuable secondary food source for fry, whilst the tannins and other chemicals released by the decaying leaves are also thought beneficial.
Use gentle filtration; an air-powered sponge-style unit should prove adequate in most cases.
This species requires stable water conditions and should never be added to an immature aquarium.
Temperature: 24 – 28 °C
pH: 4.0 – 7.0
Hardness: 18 – 90 ppm
Standard, 3-7 working day(s)