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Old 02-07-2013, 11:58 AM   #91
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Sweet! I'm thinking I am going with them for my 90. Thx for the info
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #92
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I can't get a nice picture to save my life, but here is the right side. Another cave type setup. Having such a shallow area really narrows your options. If it was fish I'd let it stick out, but I don't need the mantis surfacing. He already chases my figures around the outside of the glass and will swim at my hand if I wave it over the top.

Don't mind the nylons as they are holding more shrimp. Decided to restart the cycle after power outage to ensure good buildup of bacteria.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:38 PM   #93
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Is that the sand from reef rocks?
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:18 PM   #94
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Nope, that is a mixture of three types of large crushed coral substrate. No sand in this tank.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:24 PM   #95
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Snapped a few blue pics. This guy is so funny. I need to video him.
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He looks great
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:29 AM   #97
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Cycle is still going strong. Just tested at: Ammo - .25, Nitrite - .5, and nitrate - 160+
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All three phases, good sign.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:26 AM   #99
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Is that a peacock mantis i see in ur pics ? cool...my bro wished he had room for one..well he is cycling his 14 biocube for a new res after boiling the aiptasia off all the rockwork... Hhmmm?
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Is that a peacock mantis i see in ur pics ? cool...my bro wished he had room for one..well he is cycling his 14 biocube for a new res after boiling the aiptasia off all the rockwork... Hhmmm?
I do have a peacock. He is really a trip, and more fun then I expected. My build, though on the cheaper side, will be the most specific of any I've done. The needs of a peacock with its pristine water conditions and low / no light tolerance makes difficult. For example: 6" deep substrate to accommodate burrow.

As for your brother, I'd say a peacock is out. It really needs more space than a 14. However, there are many smaller Mantis species that are much hardier, more interactive, and require much less species specific accommodations. The Gonodactylus smithii is sometimes referred to as a mini-peacock, has great personality, and can be housed in as little as 5 gallons. There are several other small Gonodactylus species suitable as well.

Here's a link to help guide you, and good luck if you go ahead with one!

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/arthrop...ist/index.html
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