newbie q's: Filtration for mantis tank

outdoorandmore

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I am planning on setting up an old 10g glass tank for a mantis shrimp and need to know what type of filtration it requires.
I was thinking of a penguin hang on bio-wheel filter...is this good enough? Do I have to run a skimmer as well?
Thanks in advance
 

jdsabin1

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Yes and no respectively. Mantis shrimp actually don't require pristine water like an anemone would for example. We use an Aquaclear HOB and it works like a champ.

Now if I could get him to stop eating my other livestock I might really be on to something ;).
 

ADHybrid

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I dont think I would setup a mantis tank without a skimmer anymore. I had a skimmerless mantis tank and it was algae city! The meaty food that mantis's require and the fact that they sometimes leave food (which will eventually decay) makes a mantis tank a prime growing space for algae. Buy yourself a cheap skimmer and slap it on your mantis tank, you will be thankfull you did.
 

ADHybrid

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Nope, on my current mantis tank I am running a bakpak with the maxijet venturi upgrade and thats it. Oh, and since its a spearer, I threw in a dozen snails and hermit crabs to help clean up after him. Quoting from a recent choir song that my old highschools womens choir performed "All is well, All is well":D
 

sirhelm

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I just use a small internal canister filter (fluval). More so for water cirulation etc...

Re: quality of water you just need to make sure you remove any decaying pieces of whatever...

Also I don't intentionally feed any live food to my mantis. I feed him a small marble size peice of frozen shrimp once a day.

Honestly if you can get your mantis to take dead stuff it would reduce the need to add expensive filtration to your tanks.

SH

BTW i have a six inch O.S in the tank.

1 Large hermit, 1 choco chip star and 10 small black snails.... (spend most of their time buried or on the glass). I have live rock and grape culpera in the tank.
 
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