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Old 10/02/2014, 08:55 AM   #1
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Makeshift Mantis

Hello Everyone,

Figure I get a thread going now, while I have down time at work.

I just started the cycle on my 40 Gallon AIO for a Mantis Shrimp.

40 gallon AIO
40lb sand
35lb live rock
Hydor slim skim
Koralia 550 gph
Dual T5HO + moon lights

Still messing around with the rock work, but this is what I have so far




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Old 10/02/2014, 04:30 PM   #2
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Sorry, I guess the image didnt show up through doing this on my phone :/





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Old 10/02/2014, 07:25 PM   #3
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With the lights on.




I plan on upgrading the lights a bit so I can grow some softies...
If anyone has any criticism, please let me know. I listen and learn from the masters at be


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Old 10/02/2014, 07:38 PM   #4
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Looks great! Just beware that if the rock work isn't resting on the acrylic, then the shrimp can dig under them and topple them over.


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Old 10/10/2014, 06:35 PM   #5
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picked her up today






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Old 10/11/2014, 09:44 AM   #6
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Here is "Bane" after acclimation, enjoying his new home





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Old 10/11/2014, 10:53 AM   #7
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Everything looks good!


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Old 10/11/2014, 04:07 PM   #8
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Looks awesome! I want to see you hand feeding her by the end of the week.

No, on second thought, take your time with that, but I do want to see it happen. Eventually, you can train her to sit in your hand like my fiance did. Of course, you'll have to be the judge of whether or not that's safe with your individual mantis, but hopefully you can.

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Old 10/11/2014, 04:23 PM   #9
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Okay the sitting mantis is wayyyyy cool!


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Old 10/12/2014, 12:08 AM   #10
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He is currently building up his cave walls, ready to molt I'm sure. Though he only does it with the lights on. Of course it is only 48 hours in, so who knows what he is doing. ..updates coming soon


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Old 11/07/2014, 01:33 PM   #11
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So Bane just started to molt the other day, pretty exciting, he closed off his cave on Wednesday Night. How long cant I expect the molt to go, he was still in there this morning


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A week or two sometimes.

In younger animals they molt significantly faster.


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Old 11/07/2014, 01:53 PM   #13
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Awesome, thanks!


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Old 11/07/2014, 04:24 PM   #14
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3 days looks like it, just came home from work and he was about and about


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Welp, just an update, I had a bit of red slime outbreak which I just got finished cleaning up over the course of just over a week.

He has now moved out of his PVC dwelling, and has created and entrance and exit in the rock work

Is this normal? He still hasnt molted and hasnt grown much from october. theres still plenty of space inside the PVC


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Hopefully it should go back. Mine did that before, where she just dug under the PVC and made her home there, I eventually just blocked off her new burrow with really heavy rock so she'd go back in her much more suitable tubing.


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well funny i just posted this yesterday afternoon, bu the time i got home from work, he was back in the PVC..his winter home and summer home i guess, spoiled creature


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well funny i just posted this yesterday afternoon, bu the time i got home from work, he was back in the PVC..his winter home and summer home i guess, spoiled creature
With Peacocks I sometimes wonder if they get bored with PVC. You have to remember that in the wild they spend a significant amount of time and energy building their burrows down into the substrate and piling up debris near the entrances. I saw one video where the mantis piled up so much debris that it looked like a mini-volcano in the midst of a wide sand plain. Their burrows can be quite large so I'm sure that with PVC they start getting fidgety after a while. Of course, in home aquariums it's impossible to replicate their natural environment exactly.

The only recommendation I would make is to make sure that the rocks aren't just piled on top of each other. Leave some gaps for the water flow to move around them so that detritus won't get in there and build-up. Water quality is more important with Peacocks as I'm sure you already know. I really like the substrate epoxy work on the PVC pipe. That's exactly what I'll do if I ever own a Peacock again. Also good job on providing plenty of LR rubble for the mantis to "play with."


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Old 06/06/2016, 07:37 PM   #19
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Just a bit of an update, Bane is still doing well
i still dont think he has molted yet, he has caved up here and there, but no longer than a day





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Simply beautiful! Good work on the rock work as well.


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*when the lights are turned off* Bane: so you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the darkness, I was born in it!


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Looks awesome! I want to see you hand feeding her by the end of the week.

No, on second thought, take your time with that, but I do want to see it happen. Eventually, you can train her to sit in your hand like my fiance did. Of course, you'll have to be the judge of whether or not that's safe with your individual mantis, but hopefully you can.

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AWESOME VIDEO!

And to the OP, Bane is very handsome.


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