Peacock mantis

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  1. Magnett2

    Magnett2 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    you know, I have not. I am never in that area though. Its worth a shot
     
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    Magnett2 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    OK I finally got one! Its so cool. The first thing it did when it was put in the tank was was to rearrange all the pebbles.
     

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    khowst Bangghai Cardinal

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    Very nice. How big? Find it locally or online? My mantis tank is cycling along, hoping to get a fish & maybe a little CuC in there soon, and shortly after my mantis search will go into high gear.

    Did you do pvc, or just deep enough sandbed for it to do its own thing?
     
  5. Magnett2

    Magnett2 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Thanks! Its about three inches. I found it local-ish. Had to drive up tp chicago to get him. He was originally 75 but I got him for 50, so not too bad. I would like to get a quick little fish for his tank just so there is some movement. Any kinda safe fish reccomendations? I did use some PVC from Lowes. Its a U shape. I covered it with LR and he covered the rest with his pebbles and shells. I can hear him now trying to break things.
     
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    stepho Panda Puffer

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    FIRE FISH!

    Here is how you determine if a fish is a good fit to keep with a mantis.

    1) is it super cheap? (it may need to be replaced)
    2) is it an active swimmer?
    3) if your mantis is small, is it aggressive?

    I do not recommend damsels because my damsel would peck at the eyes of my O. havanensis any time it was out of its den, and it was 3" long. I recommend fire fish, they are almost as cheap, peaceful, and better looking IMO. Jumpers but your mantis tank should be jumper proof anyway.
     
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    very good looking addition Magnett2
     
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    Magnett2 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Thanks Steve! They had such a pretty one t the store. It had a very teal (not olive) carapace with wy bright red legs and lots of blue on it's tail and head. It was 100 and like 6.5 inches. I didn't want to get one that big.

    Fire fish are not cheap here. They are like 25. Hmmm I sure don't want something that's going to pick at it's eyes.
     
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    stepho Panda Puffer

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    Really? Wow they are $5.99 at my lfs and damsels are $4.99.

    posted with tapatalk please ignore bad spelling and grammar
     
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    Magnett2 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    pshh. damsels are like 12. i can get a cheaper damsel if i go to chicago. I dont think I have ever seen one (fire fish) for less than 15
     
  12. 1.0reef

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    try LiveAquaria. they have them for 8.99:)