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Old 10-19-2014, 10:33 PM   #11
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My mistake, they do ship to NJ. They just don't have a delivery point (which would be cheaper) so I would need to call or email them to get an estimate.

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Old 10-19-2014, 10:48 PM   #12
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I think what I might do is see if my lfs guy could order a 40 for me (though I would have to see what brand and for how much $) I think if he can get me a good brand and there's not a huge price difference from what I can get online I'll give the business to my lfs

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Old 10-19-2014, 11:02 PM   #13
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I think what I might do is see if my lfs guy could order a 40 for me (though I would have to see what brand and for how much $) I think if he can get me a good brand and there's not a huge price difference from what I can get online I'll give the business to my lfs

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Good thought. He may be able to do that and something I didn't think of. Possibly a little cheaper as a wholesaler/distributor. Could be a win/win on both sides.


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Old 10-20-2014, 05:36 PM   #14
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Ok so i got a 50g becuase my brother had a 50 stand already... But when I went outside with the hose and started to clean it out I noticed a really bad smell and that the water was full of suds.. I thought the suds might have been from the water pressure but they stayed for a long time so I sprayed some water on my hands and it had a really bad chemical smell... So I concluded at this point that there was something in the hose so I poured the water out and got a bucket of tap water and added some decloronator and scrubbed the tank by hand... If there really was some chemical in the hose is the tank still OK to use? I know that mantis shrimps are very sensitive to chemicals. But I do plan to cycle the tank which would mean a bunch of water changes. If I cleaned the tank with decloronator tap water and do several water changes before I put the mantis in will the mantis be ok? I might be over reacting but I want to be safe

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Old 10-20-2014, 05:48 PM   #15
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Ok so i got a 50g becuase my brother had a 50 stand already... But when I went outside with the hose and started to clean it out I noticed a really bad smell and that the water was full of suds.. I thought the suds might have been from the water pressure but they stayed for a long time so I sprayed some water on my hands and it had a really bad chemical smell... So I concluded at this point that there was something in the hose so I poured the water out and got a bucket of tap water and added some decloronator and scrubbed the tank by hand... If there really was some chemical in the hose is the tank still OK to use? I know that mantis shrimps are very sensitive to chemicals. But I do plan to cycle the tank which would mean a bunch of water changes. If I cleaned the tank with decloronator tap water and do several water changes before I put the mantis in will the mantis be ok? I might be over reacting but I want to be safe

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The tank will be fine, glass and silicone wont absorb stuff. Just be sure to clean it thoroughly.
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vinegar and water, then rinsed well usually works great. can't wait for this build


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Old 10-20-2014, 06:54 PM   #17
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A lot of people have told me to put a sheet of acrylic on the bottom of the tank in case the mantis burrows and decides to smash the bottom.. Is that overkill or should I be fine?

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Just make a crescent burrow out of PVC and there won't be any reason for him to burrow.


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I'm going to go to home Depot tonight to get another hose (probably one labeled as drinking water safe) and I thought I might pick a piece of acrylic up while I'm there. Would this piece of acrylic work? I pretty sure the tank is 36L and 18W so that piece should cover most of the bottom

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And as for cleaning the tank.. I found some vinegar that my mother uses for cleaning floors ect. Will that be sufficient?

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