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Old 12-12-2012, 03:53 PM   #21
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Too late... I caved and went back to the 40. It'll be here Friday. I just felt more comfortable with added stability, better size to accommodate filter, and more height for more Mantis exploring.

Plus it was only $15 more.
Haha hey, nothing wrong with that. Peacock mantis is the same as clown mantis, correct?
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:24 PM   #22
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Yes it is the same.
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Ya, I'm following...not just due to me loving Tim's builds, but wanting a mantis tank too. There is a zebra mantis that I saw on LA, I think, that I wish I could have. I'm dreaming of a fowlr system that flows down into a mantis tank.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:10 PM   #24
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I'll tell ya, the more I get into this stuff, the easier and cheaper its getting. Virtually minimal costs for everything. I've seen a video lately about a peacock in a 50 gallon refugium on YouTube that was very cool. Not sure how that works with the light though.

Here's a link to a good amount of info for most mantis species:

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/arthrop...ist/index.html
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:48 PM   #25
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I'll tell ya, the more I get into this stuff, the easier and cheaper its getting. Virtually minimal costs for everything. I've seen a video lately about a peacock in a 50 gallon refugium on YouTube that was very cool. Not sure how that works with the light though.

Here's a link to a good amount of info for most mantis species:

Roy's List of Stomatopods for the Aquarium

with a lot of good caves, many are able to provide more lighting without disturbing the mantis much. (just going from reading, no experience)
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:23 AM   #26
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Good decision with the larger tank. I've never said man I wish I had a smaller tank. You never know for the future. And I've seen mantis tanks with soft corals also they just used individual spot lights lighting up the corals... It's an idea
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Very cool thread! I will be following it.
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I see them ever now and then free diving. One was hanging out halfway out of his hole you could get about six inches from it and just examine it. They are awesome!!! Following
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LFS called and they got in my 40 breeder today. I'll go in the morning to pick it up. I found a picture of the same tank I am getting. Don't remember if I mentioned before but I didn't go rimless since I'm going to have to put a mesh top on since these guys can jump. Also much easier on the wallet. This tank is made by Deep Blue. They use the black silicone which I like the look of.
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Also here is my burrow I made. I took Dr. Roy Cadwell's suggestion that he gave for mimicking the peacock mantis's burrow. This started as a 2" ID, 90 degree, schedule 40, rigid, non-metallic conduit. It's approximately 6" deep from bend to opening and 18" from one end to the other. Ill need to make my sandbed about 6" deep to accommodate which makes me thankful I upgraded to the 40.

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