Currently I have been having some great success with my indoor planted tank. I have been using a 12 gallon (roughly) bin with a 2 inch organic soil base and a 1.5 inch natural black sand cap (from Georgian bay, ON) densely planted with java ferns, bunch plants and other stem plants. I also added 4 or 5 floating water lettuce, the roots offer awesome places to hide for females during breeding! Also English White Oak leaves, which were chosen by male to build his nest under (see pic).
The planted bin has been filled and heated at 80' and was left running for 2 weeks without anything in it. On Sunday morning, I introduced the female for the day letting her get used to the area. Then later that night I placed a vase over her to protect her, with top and bottom open. The male was then introduced to the tank and the 2 were left alone for 2 days. On Tuesday night I released the female. The 2 days following were fairly violent with the nips and bites, but that didn't last too long.
This morning I removed the female as She had Just finished spawning a second time. This was my first witness of a spawn, but due to falling fry from the massive bubble nest, I knew it was the second Spawn.
The male has been tending to the nest 24/7 and is now alone other than 3 golden mystery snails. The female is now recuperating in a private jar with white oak leaves and some AQUA salt. As well as being fed frozen blood worms 3 times a day. (On a side note I will be conducting an experiment for Oak leaves this week, testing 4 types to see what results each leaf produces.)
I will wait for the fry to become free swimming before i decide what to feed them. I know the live plants, and micro organisms as well as snails will all aid the food available in the tank.
I will post more pics as soon as I see some progress with the fry...fingers crossed...