I continue to find more and more experiences by aquarists that have housed their Peacock in a reef tank. Quite a few accounts of people stating they are fish safe (due to being a smasher and not a spearer), but not invert, and others say, clams, snails, and crabs are on the menu but starfish and urchins are safe...
I'm going to continue to look into this, because quite frankly, a dimly lit 40 gallon tank with a semi-reclusive Mantis is going to look pretty empty.
While, I'm not planning to add corals based on the light requirements for the Mantis, I would love to be able to add in some nice non-reef safe, or reef safe, urchins and starfish.
Any feedback or experiences to suggest otherwise? Any reccomendations about inhabitants?
I've got a serpent star in my 54 and I think he'd be screwed trying to hide in the Mantis burrow. I've also had a tux urchin in the BC, but he only made it a short time. For some reason, all of the tux urchins at the LFS
died quickly too. I'm thinking he was a gonner before I got him, so certainly willing to try again.
I was thinking, if possible to do a Longspine or pencil urchin, since it and the mantis will be rearraging the aquascape, and maybe a linkia star or too, or maybe a marble starfish. I've heard that most starfish are delicate other than serpents and brittles. Does anyone have any actual experiences to confirm or deny that?
Thanks for all the help!