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Old 01-02-2013, 03:01 PM   #11
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It's the tank bottom you need to be concerned about. It isn't a myth. Smashers, once they get full sized have more than enough strength to break the bottom of a 10 gallon. Probably would never happen, but I would lay a piece of egg crate under the sand, or a sheet of acrylic. They are awesome critters.
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I was most likely going to either put egg crate or acrylic on the bottom, the tank is going to be glass and im not worried about the mantis hitting the glass. The smasher just is way cooler due to the fact that it just breaks open things with ease, i also want to try and put a chromis or damsel in the tank to have something in the water collum. The spearer would just kill the fish. I narrowed the selection to either the peacock, purple spot, orange spot, or the tiger mantis. On bluezooaquatics.com all of those mantis i listed are on there, the peacock and orange get bigger and have a min tank size of about 25gal, the purple and tiger only get 3in and have a min of 10gal. The most colorful is defiantly the peacock which catches my eye. The other 3 are still nice looking but on the website nothing states spearer or smasher, anybody have a clue?
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Coral Magazine did a huge article on them last year. I would look for that on line.
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Great link:

Roy's List of Stomatopods for the Aquarium
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:15 PM   #15
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So rare its actually never been documented. This myth has been perpetuated over the years by the fact that a mantis strike is as fast as a .22 caliber bullet.

There is actually no evidence that a mantis can or has cracked/broken aquarium glass. Most mantis owners i know use glass tanks, no problems.
Sorry for the misinformation. I thought I read it somewhere, but don't remember. Thanks for correcting me and I agree.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:02 PM   #16
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My understanding and according to Dr. Roy there, a Mantis over 5" (7" is usually the MAX) has the capability to crack the glass.

I currently have my 4" in a 10 gallon while his 40 gallon is coming together. He uses his raptorials to break up the rock I have to help create his burrow, which I might add is 4"+ down to the glass bottom.

He is quite active throughout the day and night, and a 10 gallon is truly insufficient even now. His 40 gallon will be quite an improvement along with a thicker glass and an acrylic sheet on the bottom. I'm doing this even though I'm providing him with a PVC-type burrow. It's cheap insurance.

The Gonodactylus Smithii is a beautiful "Smasher" sometimes referred to as a "Mini-peacock" usually Maxing at 3.5". That would be much more at home in a 10 gallon aquarium.
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They are so cool. They look like aliens from another star. Can you imagine one human sized?
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:12 PM   #18
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Wow thats amazing, really cool, thanks. Thanks to your help I've decided on my setup.

I'm going to keep a purple spot mantis. I chose this mantis due to the fact that i have a max tank size at 10 gallons due to space issues. Thus mantis is rated excellent for active and interactiveness and has great color on its body. I found a tank online through petco named "Aqueon Evolve LED Aquarium Kit". For 80$ you get a 8 gallon acrylic tank with a overflow type looking thing on the back which is used as a filter, then u get leds that come from the back anf fold over about 8in above the tank. I love this setup due to the fact that all i would need is this tank and the mantis would be a low cost efficient setup around 140$. I would set this up in a month and would be a birthday gift so i wouldnt spend a dime. The only thing that i may have to figure out is a cover of some sort so the mantis doesn't jump out, the tank is rounded at the front corners so it might be tough, any ideas for a cover on this tank?
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The purple spot genus name is the G. Smithii as TLTGF stated above, this mantis would be perfect for a 10 gallon
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Oh, heres the link

http://m.petco.com/product/117467/Aq...arium-Kit.aspx


And while i was looking at it a second time, it says it includes a cover, this is the most ideal tank i could think for a small mantis tank
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