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Re: mantis shrimp
there have been VERY few reports of a odontodactylus scyllarus(peacock mantis shrimp) breaking the glass of a ten gallon tank, though it can happen. i have known of several people who have kept them in ten gallon tanks for years without issue. if you have a tank with thicker glass, like a 14 gallon biocube, the danger is even further reduced. i haven't heard of any problems with such a tank.
if you plan to keep a mantis shrimp, i suggest Neogonodactylus wennerae. they are pretty hardy, are easily obtained from suppliers in florida, will stay relatively small, and are quite active, even during the daytime, which the peacock mantis shrimp is not. not only that, but if you intend to use normal lights, they will be less susceptible to shell rot, a potentially fatal condition that has been associated with the lights that are typical of a marine setting.
the easiest type of mantis shrimp to keep will probably be Lysiosquillina maculata. they don't look that great, and they will forever hide in their burrows, but they can be fed feeder fish and are able to withstand absolutely horrid water parameters. in fact, every winter, they completely close off their burrows and yet still survive for months with an absolute minimum of possible fluid exchange.
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