Also, as you know, being in the hobby as long as you have, that ‘scavenger’ is not synonymous with ‘easy’ and that inverts are all very susceptible to ANY fluctuations in ANYTHING. And that smaller environments create a greater affect/effect from much smaller percentages/titrations. I have a very successful sps tank with a lot of acros and a pistol/watchman duo in a 29. And nothing I do with it is the standard way. It’s a beautiful, yet nutrient-rich tank. I don’t even have a hob fuge. I have a hundred dollar skimmer than I run sometimes and a tiny hob filter that I never really change. Got great light though.I understand that. But you had something in a new build die and well...
I've been in the hobby for almost 10 years. I am monitoring ammonia on this tank and it is not a problem. Also mechanical filtration isn't a requirement on tanks.
I understand that. But you had something in a new build die and well...
I have a tank nearly ready (still dry, waiting on acrylic for the base) for a mantis, this is my 13.5 G with no mechanical filtration, there are currently two rescue sps in there, also no waterchanges unless required, I will research this mantis as I don't have room for a peacock in the tank, keep it going, watching.
Cool. Let us know! I still wanna put $5 on a pistol, especially given how elusive it has been. Mantis tend to come out to hunt. I get multiple clicks from my pistols, probably warning shots or going after pods. I’m also positive I have no mantis because I’ve seen the pistol in its burrows by viewing the tank from the underside, inside the stand.No real updates so far. I've been trying to track down the mystery clicker which I really do believe is a second mantis, one that came in with the shipment but that I never noticed. I'm thinking it isn't a pistol shrimp because I am getting multiple clicks in a row. It is still fewer clicks than when I had just introduced the other mantis (double the mantis double the clicks right?) and I think that's also because this one already had its burrow built inside the rock when it arrived here, so less work to do.
I've read some accounts of other wennerae keepers who have had multiple in one tank and one mantis entering the burrow of a freshly molted mantis to murder it is extremely common. It's unfortunate I didn't realize that the tank was already inhabited but I guess I didn't really know what to listen for and what clicks might be the heater relay and what might not.
So the current plan is keep moving rocks around and rotating them to try and see inside every hole and find which one is the burrow. I'll update you when I find it,
Cool. Let us know! I still wanna put $5 on a pistol, especially given how elusive it has been. Mantis tend to come out to hunt. I get multiple clicks from my pistols, probably warning shots or going after pods. I’m also positive I have no mantis because I’ve seen the pistol in its burrows by viewing the tank from the underside, inside the stand.
good luck finding it, whatever it is!
Any luck with your hunt?
Did you ever figure out what was in there?
That’s a very cool video!Quick update. I have a new Mantis, purchased it from Saltybottom. It's another wennerae but this one is big, about 3". I've had it for over a week now and it's been doing really great and has been becoming more active and exploring the tank. I don't really have any good pictures of it yet though, so stay tuned and hopefully I'll remedy that!
EDIT: He got busy with some really interesting burrowing and rubble smacking activity so I got a little video. It's bad quality with dirty glass, my hands shaking, and my cat yelling at me. But it's super interesting watching him digging around.
I didn’t know you could put nerite snails in a saltwater tank. I know they need brackish conditions to breed but thats all I really now about them. Could you take a nerite from a freshwater tank and acclimate it to salt? If so, my mantis food bill might’ve just gotten a lot cheaper...