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Finland
12/05/2016, 12:24 PM
Is it required to have sand/crushed coral in the tank for a peacock? I have a 40breeder tied in with the main display that I am thinking of adding a peacock mantis too. I will have a pvc tube w/ elbow for a burrow. Right now the tank is bare bottom with just live rock in and a few corals and crabs. Thanks

Finland
12/05/2016, 08:26 PM
I ended up getting the peacock. I transferred about a 1/2 inch of sand to the 40b, added a 1 1/2 inch pvc elbow for a burrow, and rearranged the existing rock. Here are a few pics. Sorry for the quality of pics, tank was a bit cloudy, and it was hard to get a clear shot. Very active shrimp. I have 2 wennarae mantis in the display tank and they rarely show themselves. this peacock is much bolder.
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cougareyes
12/06/2016, 03:42 PM
Substrate isn't necessary, that set up you have going looks awesome. I am considering one for my refugium, 20 gallon long footprint with about 25g of water volume. My #1 lfs has had one living in the sump of one their displays for years, no substrate. I asked them the same question yesterday. they are rock dwellers, and will appreciate the pvc more than some of the other smashers.

cougareyes
12/06/2016, 05:54 PM
That's a good looking mantis, did you get it online or at an lfs. I'm curious because I'm considering one myself. Thank You

Finland
12/06/2016, 07:00 PM
I got it at a lfs. I've been wanting one for awhile, but was nervous about having it shipped. When this one showed up at the lfs, I had to have it. Fed him tonight. He ate well. One of the mithrax crabs in the tank is now missing one claw. Hmm, wonder what happened, lol.
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nmotz
12/06/2016, 08:02 PM
That's a fine mantis, looks like a female to me. I would actually recommend 1/2-1 inch of substrate. They have trouble smashing snails without some substrate to bury the shell in (watch youtube videos of this if you don't know what I'm saying).

The PVC diameter looks perfect, good job on that. As far as length goes, I recommend at least 3-4 body lengths (I have a 15" long PVC pipe for a 4" Peacock).

Peacocks are not really rock dwellers per se, but in the home aquarium they respond best to PVC. It's a great imitator of the U-shaped burrows they dig underneath live rock in the ocean. I know you'll enjoy this mantis. Peacocks are my favorite species by some margin.

Finland
12/06/2016, 09:00 PM
Thanks for the suggestion on a little deeper sand. After watching her in the tank, I think she would be more at home with a little more sand/rubble. She is doing some serious rearranging around the opening to her burrow. Running out of smaller rubble to stack at the opening. Actually, I have at least 24 inches of pvc under the rock. It is teed and elbowed to form a "W", with three openings. Think that would be ok, or should I stick with "U" shape with the pvc?

nmotz
12/07/2016, 10:47 AM
Thanks for the suggestion on a little deeper sand. After watching her in the tank, I think she would be more at home with a little more sand/rubble. She is doing some serious rearranging around the opening to her burrow. Running out of smaller rubble to stack at the opening. Actually, I have at least 24 inches of pvc under the rock. It is teed and elbowed to form a "W", with three openings. Think that would be ok, or should I stick with "U" shape with the pvc?

In nature, Peacocks build a simple U-shaped burrow, but a "W" isn't going to hurt anything. 24 inches of PVC is plenty of space too.

kegogut
12/07/2016, 06:45 PM
Its not necessary but your mantis will definitely thank you for the sand. he'll use it to make their burrow more comfy by lining the bottom with it and building up the entrance .

I might also suggest some small pieces of LR rubble. They will use it and be very happy for it. Mine always used the rubble to close off it's burrow during it's molt.

Finland
12/31/2016, 10:38 AM
Mantis is doing well. I added some sand and the mantis seems to appreciate it. She plugged the center entrance to the pvc den and only uses the 2 outside entrances. I can't believe I didn't get a mantis years ago. They are fascinating creatures. Here's a pic of her right after she destroyed a snail.
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb328/Finland3/mantis_zps7rwvqcxq.jpg (http://s1200.photobucket.com/user/Finland3/media/mantis_zps7rwvqcxq.jpg.html)

nmotz
01/02/2017, 09:21 AM
Yeah mantis shrimp really are something, especially Peacocks. Interesting how she plugged the middle entrance. That's actually fairly common it seems. Peacocks are strict about one entrance and one exit!

kegogut
01/02/2017, 02:19 PM
Yeah mantis shrimp really are something, especially Peacocks. Interesting how she plugged the middle entrance. That's actually fairly common it seems. Peacocks are strict about one entrance and one exit!

Mine always like 2 entrances although he would plug up both when it was time to molt.

Finland
01/02/2017, 09:01 PM
Mine closes the 2 entrances, she uses, every night, but then opens them back up when it gets light. She stacks shells and rubble in the opening. The third(middle) opening is permanently closed with sand and rubble.

nmotz
01/03/2017, 12:40 PM
Haha, mine partially closes her burrow. But I've noticed that she regularly makes "design changes." About once every 2 weeks she'll spend an entire day pushing old sand out of her burrow and bringing in an entirely new batch of sand from elsewhere in the tank. From what I can tell, she brings all of the new sand into the center of the PVC pipe and smoothes it out in both directions. She'll also make a gravel "ramp" leading from the entrances of the burrow with bits of rubble piled around the opening of the PVC. I love it because the tank always looks more natural after she does this. At night she'll put one large piece of rubble over the entrances, but it leaves enough room for her to poke her eyes/antenna out, and I frequently see her peaking out just before the lights turn off for the night.