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The Cubicle Description: It's a glass container with saltwater in it. Project goals: My goal was never to try to win the contest. During the period of its debut, I was in need of a new house for a supposedly killer mantis shrimp obtained in a bundle with live rock. This contest was the event that made me pull the trigger. Moreover, this was an opportunity for me to try keeping (for the first time) Micromussa lordhowensis and mangroves. Current Full Tank Shot: Contest Entry Picture: Full summary of the project: Keeping this setup in my office ended up being very easy. Its position next to my bed means that whenever I lay in it, I can get a really good view of the nonsense going in the cubicle. The Stomatopoda, which ultimately happens to be very peaceful, has been a real delight to observe. The most notable event during the last 6 months was 'bob' building his house. Other than that, nothing really interesting happened during those 6 months. I could maybe talk about: A false start due to the first aquarium having a chip on its lower part. The introduction of the Gonodactylus smithii (Purple-Spotted Mantis). One of my micromussa lordhowensis dying then starting to regrow a head from its last remaining tissue🤷♂️. My trachyphyllia dying (and still dying) 😫. And my goby having a swim bladder problem which will result in a surgical operation (in 2 weeks I should be ready)😷. Maintenance routine: My maintenance simply consists of 2x15% water change a week using instant ocean reef salt, a daily 1ml of Easybooster Nano (phytoplankton in gel form), a feeding of the stomatopoda and hermits with frozen food every day and a feeding of the LPS with frozen food every 3 days. Note that I do no use carbon nor chemical filtration in this setup. Things I learned or what I wish I had done differently: This tank have given me numerous opportunities to learn new things. My main learned experiences are: Mantis shrimp can be peaceful inhabitant (not like @Ratvan mantis). Mine is living in harmony with four mantis snacks (blue legged hermit crab) and a mantis steak (a yellow clown goby). What venting a swim Bladder mean (I am still preparing for the operation). Mangrove propagules are slow to grow leaves 🥲. The joy of keeping micromussa lordhowensis. The benefice of having two tanks (ie, when one isn't doing well, the other keeps you involved). My only true regret is that I didn't buy developed mangrove when they were available. At that time,I didn't know if this project would lead to anything. LPS can be very costly 💸. My only true regret is that I didn't buy developed mangrove when they were available. At that time,I didn't know if this project would lead to anything. Equipment: 25 liter 30cm blau cubic aquascaping Nero3 Sicce 25w heater Sylvania 17w plant growth E27 kessil a80 Tuna blue Livestock: 4 Clibanarius tricolor hermit crab (dwarf blue leg) 2 astrea sp 3 sabella sp Gonodactylus smithii Gobiodon okinawae 13 Micromussa lordhowensis Trachyphyllia (dying) 5 mangrove propagules Aquascape: My aquascape can mostly be described as a pile of rocks with sand. It was mostly inspired by pile of rocks in the sea. This scape is made with CARIBSEA Ocean Direct Original Grade sand and 5~6kg Indonesia live rock. During its realisation, my foremost thought was that the mantis would be delighted to have a good amount of cavern. Maintenance routine: My maintenance simply consists of 2x15% water change a week using instant ocean reef salt, a daily 1ml of Easybooster Nano (phytoplankton in gel form), a feeding of the stomatopoda and hermits with frozen food every day and a feeding of the LPS with frozen food every 3 days. Note that I do no use carbon nor chemical filtration in this setup. Future plans: The tank is pretty much complete. May be, if the trachyphyllia survive(very very very slim possibility), try other trachyphyllia. If all goes according to plan, the 9to5 should be dismantled in 6~7 months and all livestock moved to a 15 gallon tank 15.7" cube (that may or may not be part of a multi-tank system). Reefin' 9 to 5, Brought to you by: &
Ten things about this discussion forum on care and lifestyle of a smithii, (Purple Spot Mantis Shrimp, Gonodactylus smithii) 1: Myself and many of us are new to reef tanks (not all of us) 2: Myself and many of us will be new to mantis shrimps (not all of us) 3: We have all made some mistakes in the past and will likely make some more 4: Lets be open to all ideas, info and discussion, and endeavour to obtain a viewpoint based on consensus and verification 5: Our focus is on the health and well being of our smithii, if that means something like low light, then so be it, if that means no corals then so be it etc etc (these are not set in stone and may not work for everyone) 6: We will continue to research until we know heaps and then will continue some more 7: Please keep discussion respectful and kind, no one here wants to harm their smithii 8: Please share photos and videos to support your question and or answer if possible 9: If you have experience, good or bad, don't be afraid to share it here, you will not be judged unless your intent is malicious 10: There is no ten, as this discussion will evolve organically, I want to offer no rules other than the obvious guidelines above. Introducing Shrimpy, my smithii... I have only had Shrimpy for about 3 weeks, we don't know his age or sex. The aquarium we got him from did not brief us on care etc etc so my wife and I are learning as we go... I will ask many questions in the coming weeks and I truly appreciate all replies. First up; When you have a smithii and his or her lair is not large, about the size of a large closed fist (see reef rock above) would you limit light to assist in the process of molting? If so how dark and for how long? Thanks in advance team nano-reef! (original discussion on Shrimpy occurred here: Please check the above forum also for ideas related to smithii Mantis Shrimps 🙂