Well, his current surfing is over with. Mine is also hanging out at the opposite side. Currently there is a Koralia 750 on the left side, and the Tunze 6015 pointed toward the burrow from the right.
Last night and today he has been sitting in the burrow about 25% exposed. Basically just his eyes and antennas showing. I fed him today and he readily accepted the food and dashed around the tank to eat it, and finally took the remainder into the burrow with him and finished it.
All in all, I am very pleased. My only "Hindsight" at this point is the AC70 HOB
filter. I was trying to do the cheapest build I could while still accommodating the Mantis, but now I really wish I'd either done a sump or a canister. The amount of Evap from the HOB
is crazy. 2 gallons per 24 hours. Once I add the canopy, hopefully that helps.
I'm going to wait a few more weeks to add the CC star, and the Turbo snails to the tank. With no light and super low nitrates / phosphates, the algae is going to be at a minmum for them to eat.