Mantis tank build (Odontodactylus japonicus)

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Awesome Mantis! I've been reading through this thread and got to page 3 before realizing you're here in Amarillo too! Did you get the mantis from Fish Pro's?
Awesome to meet someone here locally. I’m actually in Dumas but my in-laws live in Amarillo. I lived in Amarillo from 2010 to 2014 but moved back to Dumas since I was already commuting everyday to Dumas and my wife also found a job where I work.

I ordered the mantis. It can from nyaquatic.com.
 
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RIP yellow tail damsel! Guess it got picked off last night sometime. Still got the Azure in there doing good. We will see how long that lasts. Maybe worth a test but I think we all knew the shrimp would get it eventually. Even with 1 eye. Probably won’t try anything else except intentional food items here on out. Although, technically the 2 damsels were bought with the intent of possibly being food. Probably just keep hermits and astrea snails for it from now on. Occasional damsels if I find them cheap and QT them.
 
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Probably eaten by the mantis
No doubt. Fish were fully QT’d and healthy. I was just reporting that even with that much rock for the fish to hide in that the mantis will eventually get lucky and get one. Even missing an eye!

1 damsel to go. Maybe it’ll be a survivor?
 

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