Originally Posted by Riverhawk
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!