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Evo 13.5 Mantis Reef Tank

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ValerieR

New thread for the 66 I'm setting up as Slimy's upgraded tank. I'll continue this one as it transitions into a clownfish tank for my daughter, but the reef and predator tank is getting an upgrade. 

 

 

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The 13.5 is doing ok, plugging along. I've got a bit of a red slime algae outbreak right now. One of my massive turbo snails died in a back corner, and it took me several days to notice. I also noticed the filter flow was low; the chaeto was blocking up the pump again and needed to be disassembled. I did both, and a water change. My Smart ATO Micro pump seems to have died. I've got a weekend camping trip this weekend, so I'm hustling to get a replacement on Amazon. I'll start a conversation with CoralVue to get another one under warranty, as it's only...  5 months old or so? Where did the time go? I've started moving non-slimy corals into the 66 to protect them. My plate coral is already much happier with some room to itself. I'll post an updated picture later today. 

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Sorry for no pictures. Trying to fix this pump/run around for a spare has taken a lot of time. Looks like I'll have to rely on my sister coming by to refill it while I'm away as I'm not comfortable setting up a direct siphon system or drip line. Red slime algae is already reducing, after fixing the flow issue. Working on keeping the salinity in check. I have the backup pump plugged in, but I'll need to manually turn on and off to use. Frustrating, with the pump only 5 months old. It'll prompt me to make sure I have a spare main pump though, which is probably a good thing. I'll work on getting photos before I leave, in case all goes wrong. Crossing my fingers that it won't. 

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Pump is still down, but I have a temporary one set up in my ATO. So glad I have a switched power strip (one switch for each plug), as I need to manually turn the pump on and off to add RO water. Beats buckets though. 

 

I did a big (25%) water change, and I've been watching salinity carefully. It helped a bit with the slime algae issue I'm having. I moved some unaffected mushrooms to the 66, and did what I could for the rest. I caught 1 of 2 damsels, so I tossed it into the 66 sump until I catch the other one. Shelby is looking forward to me emptying this tank out to make room for what she wants. 

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Time to wake this up again. I went by my LFS to support them during the current Coronavirus "shelter in place" and they had a mantis. My daughter is fine rishing her clownfish to get him. I had to catch and move the Timor Wrasses into the 66, but that's where I was planning to put them anyway. So the 13.5 is a mantis tank once more. It's a basher. I'm thinking it may be a small Peacock Mantis, which will mean she'll outgrow the tank, but I'm not sure yet. For now though, she's small. Excuse the cloudy water, I stirred up the bottom doing some quick maintenance before she went in. 

 

Color is a very dark green. There are red stripes between each segment of her tail. Red and blue are on the front legs and her bashers, along with some large false eye spots. She is about 3" long right now. 

 

She's already at work bashing a hole in my live rock for herself, so hopefully she'll settle in.

 

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She is beautiful!! Any names picked out?

 

I have a little wennerae in my 25g whom I’ve decided to let be, for now. They are truly engaging little souls.

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No names yet. Just watching her right now. I got a nice threat display while I was watching. After digging a quick tunnel, she's now thoroughly exploring. It'll be a while until the sand settles from her digging, but I'm still getting some good pictures.

 

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Just found it. It looks like it's a Smith's Mantis, Gonodactylus Smithii. Max size 3.5" and minimum tank size of 10 gallons. And she's moved into the PVC tubes, which makes me happy, since she can't bash through the glass that way. 

 

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My daughter has named her Phoenix. She has decided to settle in and do some spring cleaning, and is getting all the old sand and rock/shell bits and pieces out. 20200327_162310.thumb.jpg.691a34df9c1705482dccc0220ef9a73e.jpg

 

She did take a piece of freeze dried krill from the tongs, which was encouraging. It didn't get thrown back out with the spring cleaning, so maybe that helped her decide that this wasn't a half bad spot to settle in. 

 

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I have videos, but can't seem to find them when I try to load things. Must not be a supported file type? She did drag a colt coral in to dam up her hole, which it isn't happy about, but there are 3 more in there, so we'll see how it goes. 

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