This can be done in which ever order the breeder feels works best for them. Though if you look at the picture the female can't really claim anything because she is confined in a glass. The male however will claim the tank.I think you should drop the male and the female in the aquarium at the same time to avoid any territoriality between them
The set up looks really good. nice and clean (for now anyway).
For suggestions, I would suggest many more live plants that look like they are "bunches" like water sprice guppy grass and others as well. Water Sprice is my favorite. "(You can google any of these if you dont know them).
As for the little hidey spot, I would say that is fine. I mean look at the Thia and top breeders in the US. They don't use a ten gallon tank nor do they use a hiding spot for the female. And if they do use a hiding spot then they use a small cup or something in that sense.
I like using snails because they do their "jobs." Snails are really helpful and they help with infusoria and eat the dead fry and food that could contaminate the water. So I would highly suggest either a nice sized apple snail or just a few regular pond snails.
Good Luck! Ah, Crowntails! Beautiful color and nice rays from what I can see from the two pictures. I want to see how this spawn comes out.
Well this will happen for another couple of hours to 2-3 days. Sometimes if the pair is young, this will take long, but if they are spawned once before or are a bit older, I would say they would spawn in a day or a few hours.i put them together, my male keeps chasing her from the nest