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Old 04-30-2010, 10:50 AM
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I started with a 8 Gallon Biocube which probably would of been fine for my Mantis but she looked like she needed more room and I have enjoyed watching her more then anything else so I went a little nuts. I will not transfer her into this tank until I am sure water parameters stay good. Let me know your thoughts - Good and Bad

Tank:
TruVu Acrylic Aquarium - 30x10x14
Notes: Great company to work with, I had excellent communication and they customized the openings to my specifications at no additional charge. My filter / skimmer fit perfect.

Filtration:
Emperor 280
Rio Nano Skimmer
LR: 44 Lbs Fiji LR / 10lbs of LS - Once I transfer Mantis into tank there will be close 55 lbs of LR.
Notes: While I wish I could run a sump it is just not possible in the current location (also the only location I could get approval from my wife). I like the Emperor 280 as it pulls a lot of water and the second chamber I use for nitrate sponge. The Rio will soon be upgraded to a CPR Aeroforce skimmer.

Heater:
Fluval 100 Watt
Notes: I love these heaters, easy to set and the alarm feature is great for catching your attention. They are also protected with a plastic cover (nice for when you have a curious Mantis like mine).

Lighting:
Aquaticlife T5 HO - Originally was Marineland LED

ATO:
Currently using a JBJ ATO. Simple hookup using a 5 Gallon bucket with Rio Power Head pushing water to tank. This came off my 30 Gallon Biocube that I am upgrading to a Tunze Osmolator.

Live Stock:
Currently the tank has a CUC that may become food for the Mantis and one Three Striped Damsel. I would also like to place a couple Damsels in the tank. It would be nice to have something to look at when the Mantis is molting.

Pictures:

New toys before setup

http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/jkelley1114/P1000501-Copy.jpg

Tank with everything in place

http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/jkelley1114/P1000503-Copy.jpg

Tank getting closer. LR / LS and tank water was largely from my 10 Gallon tank I had setup for almost 6 months. I am hoping there is not much of a cycle.

http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/jkelley1114/P1000505.jpg

Here is the tank with everything in place and CUC / Damsel back in.

http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/jkelley1114/P1000507.jpg

Notes: I am going to watch tank before I transfer Mantis Shrimp into this tank. I will keep thread updated.

Thanks and I look forward to feedback!

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Old 04-30-2010, 11:03 AM   #2
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Sweet set up! Your little friend will be most happy when you move her over
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:09 AM   #3
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thats an excellent looking setup kelley. your mantis is really gonna like its new pad.
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:18 PM   #4
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Nice tank! Can you take pics of your current tank with the mantis??
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Nice tank! Can you take pics of your current tank with the mantis??
Here is the current 8 gallon Biocube and of my Mantis

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Sweet setup J!

A few of the pics aren't showing - guess I will just have to find an excuse to come see it.

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Nice setup Kelley11.

Your G. smithii is going to love it.
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sweet mantis! mine sits in his hole all day and ambushs the food i put in. what kinda mantis is yours?
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Sweet setup J!

A few of the pics aren't showing - guess I will just have to find an excuse to come see it.

Sorry, fixed the links. Anytime you want to come over . Thinking about adding her to the tank today.
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sweet mantis! mine sits in his hole all day and ambushs the food i put in. what kinda mantis is yours?
She is a Purple Spot Mantis or Gonodactylus smithii if you prefer

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