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|04-30-2010, 10:50 AM||#1|
20L - Mantis Tank Build - Gonodactylus smithii
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
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.
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.
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).
Aquaticlife T5 HO - Originally was Marineland LED
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.
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.
New toys before setup
Tank with everything in place
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.
Here is the tank with everything in place and CUC / Damsel back in.
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!
Last edited by Kelley11; 05-31-2010 at 07:23 PM.
|04-30-2010, 11:03 AM||#2|
Sweet set up! Your little friend will be most happy when you move her over
|04-30-2010, 11:09 AM||#3|
thats an excellent looking setup kelley. your mantis is really gonna like its new pad.
|04-30-2010, 05:18 PM||#4|
Nice tank! Can you take pics of your current tank with the mantis??
|04-30-2010, 11:36 PM||#5|
|05-01-2010, 12:53 PM||#6|
Sweet setup J!
A few of the pics aren't showing - guess I will just have to find an excuse to come see it.
|05-01-2010, 01:09 PM||#7|
Nice setup Kelley11.
Your G. smithii is going to love it.
|05-01-2010, 01:13 PM||#8|
sweet mantis! mine sits in his hole all day and ambushs the food i put in. what kinda mantis is yours?
|05-01-2010, 02:11 PM||#9|
|05-01-2010, 02:14 PM||#10|
Looks similiar to this one:
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