The breeding tank should be around 24″ x 12″ x 12″ and set up with pH of around 6.5 and very soft water. Little or no lighting is required. The breeding tank should be well planted with fine-leaved plants such as cabomba or java moss, as the eggs are adhesive and this will provide refuge for them whilespawning continues. An air-driven sponge filter is sufficient.
The adult fish should be well conditioned in the main tank with a plentiful supply of bloodworm, brineshrimp and other livefoods. It is easy to spot the females when they are ready to breed as they become noticeably plump. Some aquarists recommend conditioning the sexes separately to ensure thatspawning takes place.