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Martini5788
02/20/2016, 02:48 PM
A lfs has a mantis they are trying to get rid of. It's about 3 inches. I will be posting the pictures they send me. Hoping to get a fast id. Thanks! http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160220/721c38d7dfd2812df27bed8b3a0e7bae.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160220/eee2b0c2101f20e3656afed239144b82.jpg

Martini5788
02/20/2016, 02:48 PM
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160220/1aef83f702919f18103ffca54d92d564.jpg

Martini5788
02/20/2016, 02:57 PM
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160220/4158bfd53775527206f639576c4fe46c.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160220/ca17cc8cbb0f71211c365425f71f7093.jpg

G. Tern?

nmotz
02/20/2016, 03:14 PM
G. Ternatensis

nmotz
02/20/2016, 03:16 PM
Female

Martini5788
02/20/2016, 03:16 PM
Sweet. Thanks. Female I think?

Martini5788
02/20/2016, 03:17 PM
Apparently someone found it in there tank as a hitchhiker. $10. Seems like a pretty good deal to
Me!

nmotz
02/20/2016, 03:18 PM
Yeah that's a good deal for sure, it's a rock dweller (actually they almost always live inside SPS corals) so pick out some porous LR for it to excavate.

Martini5788
02/20/2016, 04:36 PM
I got this setup as a temporary tank. Just used some leftover dry rock, a 10 gallon tank, hob filter, and a heater. I have a powrrhead I'm gonna put it as well. I have a week to get it before they turn it into food( it is using up a tank that the store normally uses for other inverts and apparently it killed all of them so I have to get it fast. I added some stability, and I have a bottle of dr tims bacteria coming in a few days, I have some small pieces of liverock that I am going to add. Hopefully these rocks will do. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160220/6cd0e1e66e673dcc5776903f8cfe8f2c.jpg

Martini5788
02/20/2016, 07:04 PM
In addition, I know about the collection method of this species. The person who had this mantis in their tank said it had to have come in on a piece of liverock or coral. They caught it and brought it to the store, but it had been
Living in there tank for atleast a year but they were unable to catch it. This mantis was not ordered in from a supplier, in fact I asked this store previously if they would order me in a peacock and they refused to order one at all for whatever reason. This is a rescue, plain and simple, and the store told me I have until next Saturday to come and get it. And I'm no longer getting charged for it, I talked to the store owner about it.

With that being said, any tips specific to keeping g terns would be helpful. I have a 34 gallon solana in the garage that I think I will set up for it. But it will take a bit to get it ready so hopefully the 10 gallon will be sufficient for awhile.

Jlentz
02/21/2016, 03:53 AM
Awesome score!

deleau
02/21/2016, 08:45 AM
That's a cool looking gal.

I'm glad the LFS is doing that for you. The LFS I go to is reluctantly selling me supplies for my tank, but they would feed any mantis they got to a big predator (or maybe just flush them).

Martini5788
02/21/2016, 10:44 AM
Yeah I'm pretty excited about it. After xena( my peacock) died a few months ago, I've been missing having a mantis. I'm not ready for another peacock yet, still using the tank she was in as a holding tank for fish while I finish cycling the 90 gallon.

Martini5788
02/21/2016, 05:29 PM
No tips at all on care?

nmotz
02/21/2016, 08:03 PM
I think a G. Ternatensis should be pretty straightforward for you since you've already taken care of a Peacock. I can't remember if G. Tern's are ever susceptible to shell rot. I know that G. Chiragra's can get it once they get very large. Best of luck Martini!

Martini5788
02/21/2016, 08:24 PM
I think a G. Ternatensis should be pretty straightforward for you since you've already taken care of a Peacock. I can't remember if G. Tern's are ever susceptible to shell rot. I know that G. Chiragra's can get it once they get very large. Best of luck Martini!


I'm mainly worried about the burrow situation. The rocks I put in are the only
Larger ones I have that would fit in the 10 gallon, but idk if they will work. So I'm hoping to get some input on whether the rocks seem to be suitable, and if I should do anything different with them. I'm not really worried about feeding or water chemistry.

nmotz
02/21/2016, 09:41 PM
Hmm, since the mantis is already about 3" it might not be able to excavate a suitable burrow in those rocks (can't really tell how big they are). You might want to add some PVC. I think Kharn used PVC for his G. Terns. I don't know, you'll have to ask him.

I guess it's kinda unknown what makes the best burrow for a G. Tern since they normally live inside live coral. Most of us don't have SPS coral heads that large (and wouldn't want a mantis shrimp picking at them). It'll be interesting to see what your mantis does, whether he tries to burrow in the LR or dig down into the sand. I'm thinking PVC may be best.