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Old 06-30-2006, 04:16 PM   #21
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I seriously just entertained my entire office showing them those videos and explaining what a mantis shrimp is!
Now they are convinced I should get one....lol
Thanks for the great video
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Now they are convinced I should get one....lol
Get one for the office and expense it!
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After the mantis, come the fish, then the LR, then the corals, etc.

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I'd rather have the emerald crab. At least they work around the tank.....
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Old 07-02-2006, 11:12 PM   #25
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The one that you all saw is in a 10G tank. Total cost of that tank was $75, including filtration, LR, the shrimp, etc.
Well, the shrimp in that video is a peacock mantis and no disrespect to your friend, but it really should be in a bigger tank than a 10 gallon. They average around 6" and max out around 8". I've got a 5 1/2 incher in a 20 gallon acrylic and after seeing him wonder around and digging up his burrow, I can't imagine him in anything smaller.

10 gallon tanks also have pretty thin glass. This guy would have no problem cracking a 10 gallon glass tank with his fully grown smashers.

When it comes to mantis tanks, you can skimp on a lot of things because they are so hardy. Mine is in a tank without filtration. It's so easy to do a water change on a 20 gallon tank. I've got a powerhead and a bunch of live rock and he's doing fine . . . but, I wouldn't keep a peacock in anything smaller than a 20 gallon acrylic tank, unless he's tiny and you expect to upgrade.

It's my favorite fish (well, aquatic pet) that I've ever owned. The price of a 20 g acrylic is well worth it. I watch him more than anything in my 110g show tank.

Check out the mantis forum on RC for info on smaller species.

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Old 07-02-2006, 11:18 PM   #26
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What a coinc.

This was just posted today over at RC about mantis in a 10-12g nano...

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...hreadid=877510
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