03-30-2013, 02:18 PM
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First, there are several colour morphs of this species. I mention this because the fish in the store may be very different from any photos you have seen. Our profile mentions some of the varieties, and there are photos but only of two of these.
If you get this species, one male and 2 females would be best in your situation. You will still be fine for hatchetfish.
However, there are some issues with any dwarf cichlid. They will spawn, frequently, and the females can be very nasty when they do. Corys are often targeted, since they are on the substrate and the egg clutch will be on the substrate or close, and the fry when they hatch will be shepherded around by the female close to the substrate. I have had several species of Apisto over the years, and frankly every time it didn't go that well in community tanks. I have also had females that killed the other females, often, and this was in a 4-foot tank heavily planted. Last, if you do want to raise the fry, be warned that with nocturnal fish like corys and any other substrate fish you may decide later, the eggs or the fry will be highly unlikely to survive.