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Old 04-27-2005, 07:50 AM   #11
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I used feeder goldfish in my tank for my grouper and eel without any problems (previous tank). I personally would not use damsels. Mollies would be ok but goldfish would be the least expensive. But I would try to "train" the mantis to take silversides (or the like) from tongs.

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I have kept a clubber (captain chuck) for a while now and feed it snails primarily. However I would consider some SW feeder shrimp for the spearer. I am pretty sure that they will consume small, soft bodied inverts with no problems. If you going to feed it fish, I would go with something cheap that spends more time hiding in rockwork and on the bottom than in the water column. That is of course pure speculation, but I would think it would be an easier catch. Definately feed it SW fish and make sure to keep a higher SG and do regular water changes. They are super hardy, but a bad molt will nuke them in a hurry.
Congrats on your mantis. You will find that you can stare at it for hours, and when it does feed and you get to see it, you'll be blown away by it.

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Old 04-27-2005, 11:30 AM   #13
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You won't have to "train it" at all. I have one and it eats pieces of chopped raw shrimp. Comes running out from his burrow and grabs them, night or day.
30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 04-27-2005, 02:57 PM   #14
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damsel are pretty cheap to
never count on nothing, that way you'll never be disapointed!
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Old 04-27-2005, 04:15 PM   #15
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exactly morgan.. $3 for a once a week meal is fine with me... im not strapped for cash.
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Im sorry that I called your mantis disguisting but I just love damsels and couldnt understand how they can be livefood , silversides are the best choice because they are already dead , Sorry

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