Long story short I have been browsing the web the past couple of days looking at future livestock for my 75g reef tank and boom! I have get an idea for setting up another tank
. What caught my eye was the peacock/clown mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus). So after hours of research and learning the tank setup is "simple," "cheap"(using those terms lightly, comparing it to a reef setup) and how interesting/unique the mantis shrimp is. But not so much the cost, as the "simplicity" of the setup. I've decided I want to do a dedicated mantis tank
Here is a run down on my planned setup. Please chime in with any suggestions you may have. They will be greatly appreciated!
- 40g breeder
(that ill drill and plumb myself, I know this is not the simplest and/or least expensive route and could get away with a canister filter or HOB filter. But now having a tank with a sump, Ill never have another tank without one. Plus if I'm going to set up another tank I'm going to do it the best way possible the first time around. Ive learned the hard way in this hobby there's nothing worse then doing something the easiest, fastest way possible then later down the line not liking it and having to deal with re-doing/fixing everything on the tank at that point is running with livestock).
- As far as plumbing and I know its gonna be overkill, but I like redundancies and in my opinion looks the cleanest. I will be setting up a bean animal land drainage with a custom made black acrylic coast to coast overflow box from MelevsReef (where I purchased the CTC overflow box on my 75g). The 40g will be setup inside the tank the same as my 75g.
- I also plan on siliconing on a piece of plexiglass on the bottom pane of glass. Just for piece of mind that if the mantis shrimp burrows all the way down and decides its wants to try to pound its way out of the tank. I won't have to worry about myself being one of those freak stories you hear about a mantis shrimp breaking the tank glass .
- 10g DIY sump
(only to hide all the equipment, plus I like easy access)
- In the sump a heater, ATO, a Tunze 9002 (that I already have not in use) and a return pump (that I also already have not in use).
- Maybe down the line Ill add some cheat but for the time being I want to keep the setup as "low tech" as possible for a lack of better words.
- 5"-6" sand bed in the DT
(for the purpose that every source I read recommended 1" of sand for every inch the mantis is. Seeing that it needs a place to burrow and get complete darkness.)
- I would do half CaribSea Arag-Alive Indo-Pacific Black (to mimic natural habitat) and half "dry" sand to save on costs. If the calculator I used is correct in order to get a 6" DSB I would need 158lbs of sand. At $28 for a 20lb bag of the live sand I want to correlates to much more money then I want to spend .
- Scattered crushed coral on top of the sand
(for "building materials")
- Reef rubble also scattered on the top of the sand
(for "building materials.")
- I have about 15lbs of assorted sized reef rubble that I picked up off the beach in Aruba 2 weeks ago currently sitting in the sump of my running 75g tank on top of the 5lbs I brought back from the bahamas a little over a year ago. In order to seed the new tank.
- 20-30lbs of live rock
(larger pieces just enough to create a couple different spots for the mantis to burrow under. I want to keep the live rock to a minimum because I read that a more open tank is preferable because it gives the mantis a sense of security, that it can better see approaching predators. Not that there will be any in a tank to himself)
- I was thinking about just getting dry base rock and seeding it with small pieces of live rock from my 75. But decided to go with live rock because of the fact it looks nicer, better selection of shapes and sizes and most of all more porous.
- Even though I'll be purchasing some live rock I will still seed it with a small piece or two from my 75g, on top of the seeded reef rubble.
- Jebao wavemaker for cirulation
- I run a wp-10 and wp-40 on my 75g reef tank and for price of what you get. It will be the only pump I buy, at least until I get out of college and can afford the luxury of a eotech.
- Im hoping coral bandit or someone else that has experience with these waver makers can guide me with the size model I will need for a 40g breeder. Im thinking the Jebao WP-25. That way I know it will be powerful enough (not that Im going to need real strong flow) and at the same time of its to powerful at its lowest setting I can just easily swap it out with the WP-10 in my 75g reef tank.
- A dirt cheap dimmable LED light fixture
(it has to be a dimmable LED fixture, just because I'm all about LED's
- I haven't decided on what fixture to get yet. So any recommendations will be appreciated. Keeping in mind mantis shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus in particular are sensitive to "bright" lighting because this species most of the time tends to live in deeper water with "lesser" light. In the sense "bright" lights can/will put stress on the animal and can/will cause shell rot.
- I will be looking for a fixture that will be bare minimum enough to be able to see into the entire tank clearly and not have to squint. I am not going to be doing any coral. If I can grow some hitchhiker macro on the live rock that would be great, but doesn't matter if the light isn't "bright" enough.
- Lastly is a DIY Canopy
- To mount a light fixture and not have to worry about the mantis shrimp being able to jump out of open top (i.e. no glass/plastic tank hood)
If you have made it to reading this far, my apologies for the amount of detail I put into the post!
But as you already know its easier to reply to a post that has all the details, opposed to one that is short and leaves you asking a bunch of questions trying to figure out the entire situation.
THANK YOU FOR READING AND AGAIN PLEASE CHIME IN WITH ANY SUGGESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE!