Originally Posted by Jmkb02
Way cool! That's one of the most exciting feelings about a new tank. I wanted to ask you what your plans were about how you were gonna deal with tank maintenance?? I know that little guy will pretty much demolish any cuc so how you gonna deal with things like diatoms and algae blooms?
As far as maintenance goes, it should be quite easy, just as it is in the 10 gallon now.
Currently the mantis lives with a Chocolate Chip Starfish, and three medium to large Turbo snails. All do a fine job keeping the tank clean. I'm planning to add additional starfish, snails, and hermits along the way just to get the small amount of detritus left over, and if he kills one or ten, so be it. He'll get fed, and it's a cheap replacement.
For the small amount of film that does show up, I use a Kent Scraper.
However, since this tank with be lightless other than ambient, the algae growth should be virtually none.
As far as diatoms, they typically burn themselves out within a matter of weeks, so no worries there.