Dane's Mantis Tank! Stomatopod madness!

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  1. Dane

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    Hey All,

    Though I'd make a thread for the new tank that is going to become home for my awesome little mantis shrimp!

    First off - a huge thanks to Johan V.A for donating this to me! You rock buddy! Seriously! Your generosity knows no bounds!
    Secondly - another huge thanks to David (459b) for giving me the mantis shrimp! :) This little critter literally ate a fortune worth of livestock in Daves tank, so very chuffed he spared its life for so long until I came along to "rescue" it! What a character!

    So, my mantis shrimp has been living in a tiny little 25L pico of very minimal setup for far too long. Its basically just a garden of pulsing xenia and caulerpa. It has a tiny little atman internal filter (which is bulletproof!!) and I do a waterchange about once every month... if I remember... :p But this tank hardly ever gets cyano, nor hair algae. I spose its cause he only needs to eat once or twice a week...

    But! Mantis is moving up in the world! :)
    Its going from this....
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    To THIS!!!...
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    Okay, so it's only half full... And I havent scaped or put sand in! I know :-(
    My MSc in conservation bio hardly gives me a second of time to work on these sorts of things.... But a start is the hardest part right? :p

    And heres the overflow I cut with an angle grinder. Decided to go with a smooth lip rather than teeth. But I have the cutouts if I want to add them afterwards...

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  3. Evo R

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    Looking forward to see the end result!!!!! :thumbup:
     
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    i think it would prefer a larger tank with alot of liverock and maybe some butterflies and juvenile angels as tank mates.
     
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    Thanks Evo - me too! :)

    Hahahaha! You really hate this little guy! I'm amazed you kept him alive for so long before you gave him to me! Have images of you poking it with needles while it was in that bucket of yours! :p
     
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    i only kept it that long cause i couldnt find a trigger big enough to tear it to pieces
     
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    no hard feelings then? :p
     
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    Very nice Dane...my butt is itching for a Mantis species tank, seeing that I have some extra 10 mm glass
     
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    I'm surprised you don't get hitchikers in more often! Order a nice big batch of live rock to sell! hehehe :)

    From what I've read the whole breaking the glass thing is really a bit of an urban legend... Very few of the mantis species will crack the glass. I wouldnt worry about it unless you have one of the monster mantis shrimps like the peacocks... And always line the base of the tank with eggcrate or a sheet of perspex or something. My mantis is in a tiny little standard 20L fish tanks with paper thin glass. Its never been a problem for me... (fingers crossed)
     
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    LOL Dane, I am actually thinking of taking a peacock, from a client of mine...

    BTW..I see you are very busy with the masters ;)...like the new sigs
     
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    Thanks Lanzo!

    Actually been running a mantis tank for the better part of a year now. This is just an upgrade for the little critter :)

    Thanks for the link! :) Is your mantis tank still running? I know you lost the one (my condolences) but that thread hasnt seen an update in a while? *nudge nudge...
     
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    Do it! The sooner the better! Hehehe :)

    Hahahaha! I actually did them a while back, just couldnt be arsed to upload them to my website. Thought seeing as I was doing the pics I might as well put them up too. I think I've been spending too much time on nanoreef.... ordinary sigs started looking boring :p

    PS: by now frans, you should know with me that time spent procrastinating on reefing websites is directly proportional to insensity of deadlines ;-)
     
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    Do you have a nice picture of this privilege inmate? To have his own home.
     
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    Hey Riaan, I fed him a few days ago so its still vegging out in its cave! :) But here's some old ones.

    Amazing thing is the incredible colour change since its last moult! Its now a beautiful green with a single orange stripe on one of its segments! Will get an updated pic when it comes out :) Its usually very active so shouldnt be too hard...

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    As predicted, the little beastie emerged this evening and was looking for some attention, so I took a few quick snaps. Now you'll see what I mean about colour change! Amazing :)

    New pics as requested...

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    Very nice specimen:yeahdude:

    Give him lots and lots of substrate(very deep)...he will love you for it
     
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    Thanks lanzo :)

    Already given him a nice deep bed to go digging in! :) And digging he has!
    Also given him lots of texture with different sized rocks, large shell, cavity space etc to create his homes in.

    The most amazing thing is the way this guy bores perfectly cylindrical tunnels through the rock! He has this little lookout on the top of the one rock that he sits in and just his eyes stick out :) Such a little character
     
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    who would win between a mantis and a carpet anenome?
     
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    mantis >> everything.

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    probably the carpet:p
     
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