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  1. 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 🙂
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