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It’s been 6 days and he is settling in super well. At first he made himself a little cave within my rock on the left but he couldn’t really make a full burrow I think so about 2 days ago he started hanging out in the PVC on the right side of the tank and has made that home base. He’s eaten 1 clam on a half shell, 2 astrea snails, and taken frozen mysis/krill from my turkey baster as well. My long term plan is to keep as many snails in there as I can and then feed him frozen every few days. I want to try and get some sort of sealed clam so he has to actually break it open, what should I look for at the market to make sure it’s safe?
All in all tank itself is doing well, most of my corals look great. My blue mushroom isn’t looking the best ever but I think it’s just too much light. Problem is that I epoxied it in place really well and I don’t think I’ll be able to get it off .
the new zoas I got at the same time as the mantis are settling in really well and are fully open normally now, I’m super pleased with how they’re doing.
Looking good, my only concern with keeping alot of snails in there is mine seems to kill anything that goes in the tank even if hes not hungry. If he sees it, its dead. So just monitor his behavior and watch your nutrient levels if you go that route. Make sure hes not leaving dead ones laying around.
 
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Looking good, my only concern with keeping alot of snails in there is mine seems to kill anything that goes in the tank even if hes not hungry. If he sees it, its dead. So just monitor his behavior and watch your nutrient levels if you go that route. Make sure hes not leaving dead ones laying around.
Yeah I’ve heard this before but it’s good to be reminded. I’ll keep an eye on nutrients and see how it goes. So far I don’t think he’s done too too much to the excess snails.
In other updates he’s been moving the rubble rock around a ton the past few days
 
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I think my mantis is molting. Today he was very active and was carrying a lot of things around. Now, he has closed up both ends of the 1 inch PVC cave. Hoping for a successful 1st molt I’ve decided not to do a water change during this since I’ve heard it can be stressful.
 

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He did end up going into a molt, today is day 4. I’m about to be out of town tho for a few weeks but my friend is gonna keep an eye on him. This is his first molt with me so hopefully things go well He was moving around a small shell yesterday tk better block the front so he’s still alive so that’s good
 

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Update: I’m back from my vacation and my mantis is doing amazing, I’ve fed him two clams now (idk how much he got to eat while I was gone) and for the most part the tank is doing well. I figured out my cyano issues were from my water level being too high, so the flow wasn’t right. I’m planning on upgrading the tank filtration to the InTank media basket for chamber one and installing the little plug for the hole in the back. I may also upgrade the return pump and add a Nero 3 but I’m not sure that’s necessary since the cyano is gone so I’ll hold off on that for now. I do need to glue down my newer zoas better tho, 3 of them got moved/knocked off, 2 of which were my faves but they’re still open so I’m sure they’ll be fine. I also wanna get a blasto soon so I might do that all at once. A water change is certainly in order and will be coming right up tomorrow. My Tiktok video got much shot of him than my photos from yesterday
 

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