This species was 'common as dirt' 30 years ago. Often it was the only apisto commercially available. The aren't as common now. Keeping and breeding should be no problem. Clean water, good food (frozen and live), and time is all that is needed for them to spawn. Water values are not important as long as extremes are avoided. I once had a pair spawn and raise fry in a 5 gallon aquarium with 30, 1/2 in. (35 mm) Platies. They protected the fry and really didn't harm the platies. I don't recommend this breeding set-up. The pair were in the tank only for a short period, to separate them from another breeding apisto. The fish had other ideas!