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Old 03-14-2011, 11:32 PM   #1
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what do u think?

I am debating on putting mantis shrimp or pipefish in my refugium. It is about 12 gallons, just seeing if a good idea or not.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:38 PM   #2
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I don't think mantis are ever a good idea. They van destroy an environment and the arm they have is like a 22 caliber going off, that being said they can punch right through an aquarium wall, so I've been told
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I agree that a mantis is a bad idea in your fuge, but my reasoning is more geared towards the health of the mantis. They need a somewhat specific environment to thrive in, and are best setup in a species-only tank that has been established for them.

Can't speak to the pipefish, however, as I don't know much about them.
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My refugium is made of .25 acrylic so it shouldn't make a difference, right?
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:15 AM   #5
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If you really want a mantis get a species only tank for it. The learn who feeds them and will actually come out and beg, I would get one in a heart beat if I had another tank set up when one becomes available.

Is your fuge like a macro show tank or is it under the tank like most and doesn't get much attention from the outside world?
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:23 AM   #6
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Its under the tank but I spend alot of time under there
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There might be a time you have to put something in your fuge for misbehaving and then your fuge would would be an unsafe place because of the shrimp. I think it`s not a good idea.
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:45 AM   #8
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That is a bummer I was lookin forward to a mantis shrimp I think they would be very fascinating
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