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02/21/2016, 02:03 PM
Hi i start a new tread for my 30 gal breeder tank with my peacock mantis shrimp
Its been 10 year i was looking for a small specimen and i found it !

The tank equipement
30g breeder tank
Koralia 750
Tetra titanium heater 100w
Tetra ex20 with filter floss and activated carbon
1 year Cured reef saver rock

I will post picture fryday when the shrimp will be in her new home

Sorry for the english i am french

EI Gringo
02/21/2016, 02:36 PM
Is a 100 watt suitable? I would recommend 200w for that size aquarium personally

02/21/2016, 03:01 PM
It is very hot in my invertebrate room because i keep scorpion,spider,mantis,stick insect,beetle and many of them are from desert or jungle so my room is about 26-28 the heater is alway off

02/21/2016, 06:53 PM
That sounds like a good plan. What about lighting? Will you use an auto-top off? I think that heater will be fine, especially if the room temp is 26-28.

Smaller Peacocks are a lot of fun. I got mine when he was 2.5 inches. He's grown about an inch in the 8 months that I've had him.

02/21/2016, 08:06 PM
ok first thing this rack setup have not been made to be buetiful looking only to keep the specimen happy

i am actualy rebuilding it tonight it will have 2 10 gallon a the the first stage conected together where the little Lysiosquillina maculata and another spearer will be

in the midle the 30 gallon for the peacock

and the top 2 10 gallon for g chiragra and Neogonodactylus wennerae

i will add more pvc pipe soon the shrimp is not in there
http://i84.servimg.com/u/f84/14/62/81/94/manntt11.jpg (http://www.servimg.com/view/14628194/405)

02/21/2016, 08:29 PM
Very cool, multiple mantis shrimps all stacked up together.

For the Peacock tank, since you have no aragonite, you will probably want to get a chisel/hammer and smash up some of that LR into pieces that are big enough to be easily moved by the mantis. They like to put lots of rock in and around their PVC burrows.

Also, one thing I didn't think about before...when mantis shrimp smash live prey, they use a technique that may actually require some type of substrate (sand/coral gravel). You can see videos of this on YouTube where the mantis will gently press the shell into the gravel before it strikes. Of course, if you aren't going to feed him live food then this is ok. I've seen a video of a bare bottom mantis tank where the owner just fed him frozen food all the time.

02/21/2016, 08:44 PM
thank you for the advice i will buy live rock rubble at the lfs for his burrow this week !

02/21/2016, 08:47 PM
thank you for the advice i will buy live rock rubble at the lfs for his burrow this week !

You don't have to buy it if you don't want to. You can just take some of the rock you already have and smash it up into small pieces. It'll save money, but if you want to buy it that's cool too. :)

02/21/2016, 09:57 PM
i will remake my setup i have one question that is off topic.
i was in the reef hobby and i always put 1poud per gallon or more
i need space in these little 10 gallon and 10lbs will take a lot of place... no mechanical filtration in these tank but a lot of water change could i just remove some and leave 3 pound ?

02/21/2016, 10:35 PM
My opinion is that you can go with less than the 1 pound per gallon rule, some will disagree though. I run about 1/2 pound per gallon in my tank but I do have a HOB refugium with marinepure spheres to add extra biological filtration.

02/23/2016, 12:21 PM
I smashed some marco rock today i think the shrimp will be happy there so much rubble its cover everything. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160223/763dad6a7ee323389608f9d1a2c4e26b.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160223/96bd365024581f40c64a30f9313a8fe9.jpg

02/23/2016, 01:46 PM
Yeah that looks good. When you get the mantis, watch to make sure it's able to move the pieces. If not, you'll want to make them smaller. Peacocks are pretty strong for their size though. Mine swims with rocks that are about 1/3 his size. One more recommendation for you: if you coat the outside of the PVC with epoxy you can attach sand, gravel, small rocks or whatever else to disguise its appearance. You don't have to do that of course, but it does make the PVC blend in a little better.

Here's what mine looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27ejOxSlTQY

02/23/2016, 01:56 PM
Yhea i have seen your tank when i was doing research :) very nice my only concern with my tank right now is i put so much rubble its created a substrate ... I dont know if it will trap detritus and having nitrate problem maybe if i blast every week with a turkey blaster ?

02/23/2016, 02:31 PM
It could trap detritus, that's true. Keep flow high in the tank to keep detritus from settling and maybe get a siphon tube to suck out some of the build-up when you do water changes. I use siphons all the time to vacuum out my sand bed.

02/23/2016, 03:01 PM
For the pvc i think i will take black pvc and wait until its covered by coraline