Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
I don't actually keep them - as pets. I let them go about their business naturally. So I don't know what parameters they thrive in.
My tanks are far from clean. Some haven't been scrubbed for years. Temp ranges around 28-29C during hot season and may drop to 25C during wet season. Water changes probably once a week if needed. Sometimes once a month - depending how many fry compared to tank size and how often I feed. I don't use water conditioners. I only age water for 24hrs or more. If topping off 30% or less, I just pour straight from my tap.
Yes, sometimes they do gather on water suface. But if a majority surfaces and stay there, it tells me I need to do water changing.