The tank will be decorated in a way which permits both the dominant and quieter personality type fish to live happily. This means the building of a few hiding places and a few floor cover. They will show their colors best on a dark substrate and wish some sturdy aquarium plants to provide the feminine with places of hide. This species appreciates some cover with floating plants, but be certain to depart some open areas for them to gulp water at the floor. This species is usually subjected to tanks as small as 1/4 gallon, but this set up is awfully rough on the fish. While the fish is equipped with a labyrinth organ that enables the fish to live to tell the tale in oxygen depleted waters for short intervals of time, this fish will suffer a similar tissue damage from ammonia and nitrate spikes as every other species.