Does anyone here keep saltwater mantis shrimp?? A friend and I are looking into getting a Peacock Mantis Shrimp and would love to hear from some knowledgeable keepers about them!
lol, I heard about the murder part, apparently they need huge amounts of filtration so I think we're going with a sump filter and a whole lotta live sand and live rock but as of now our knowledge is limited. might be a while but ill definitely share if we end up finding one to purchase!!Literally have a huge one tatted on my calf and an octopus on my knee. Had saltwater for several years and planned on getting a peacock, but never followed through with it. I vaguely remember that they were susceptible to shell rot. They get very big and will murder anything in the tank(which you probably know). Amazing creatures, nothing like them. If you do get one, please share pictures of hin!
wow!! I didn't even think of a DSB, sounds awesome, ill also definitely look into the refugium to make sure that's done. this is super helpful, thank you so much!!!So what I would do based off what i remember...
Along with the sump, have a separate bin/bucket/etc with a DSB(deep sand bed) plumbed to the tank so that you can easily replace it. Disturbing a deep sand bed in the DT(display tank) can cause a massive ammonia spike leading to tank crash and the deep sand beds do need replaced eventually, can't remember how long it is though.
Another good idea to add along the sump and DSB would be a refugium. If you're not familiar, this is basically a tank with nutrient absorbing plants like chaeto, mangroves, and other macroalgae with some live rock plumbed(usually gravity fed to the display tank) into the system. Infact after sump, I'd say this is the next most beneficial thing. It will add water volume(good thing), reduce nitrates, and offers beneficial organisms such as copepods and amphipods a place to reproduce.
Of course you'll want a skimmer for the sump and then you can get into other reactors for carbon/GFO/etc....
You want very clear water for invertebrates in saltwater and be careful of copper! Make sure the tank is well establish too. Might be months before a mantis is ready to go in because you want the tank able to handle the waste.
wow!! I didn't even think of a DSB, sounds awesome, ill also definitely look into the refugium to make sure that's done. this is super helpful, thank you so much!!!
Regrettably, I don't―and am not. All I know is from videos, which were impressive in themselves.Does anyone here keep saltwater mantis shrimp?? A friend and I are looking into getting a Peacock Mantis Shrimp and would love to hear from some knowledgeable keepers about them!
I've seen them while scuba diving, but don't ever mess with them. I've heard of them being strong enough to crack the aquarium glass they are in, but don't know if that's an old wive's tale or not. My roommate had one years ago and I remember he tong-fed his after it ate all the damsels in the tank (assholes in their own right, so I wasn't bothered by it). Good luck and post pics if you do this!
lol, well theres the secret, just throw a mantis shrimp in there... boom, no more damsels!!! although your other fish might be in trouble too