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10-13-2006, 02:25 PM
I have the tiny one in a 3 gallon glass picotope. The 2.5" G. chiragra is in a 5 gallon cheapy tank which serves him fine at the moment. The 4" Peacock was in a 24 gallon (but is now in a 5 gallon bucket waiting for his old home to stabilize). I have a new home waiting for the 2 larger Mantis'. They will both go into a 40 gallon long.
They won't be able to stay in the 2.5 gallon permanently. But there is a long period of grow out for the small guys. They like deeper sandbeds and it is said they will start to "sulk" if their sand isn't deep enough and if they don't have enough rock to play with. When they sulk they become inactive and unhealthy.
Here the deal :-0 You get a small one, put him in a 2.5 gallon tank, if he doesn't absolutely amaze you by the time he grows out of it so that you'd want a bigger tank...... I'll buy him off of you.
I've always seen them in the stores, always thought they were super cool, but it's not until I actually got one did I realize how great they are. I think I would give up the seahorses for them if it came down to that (which it never would.... I hope not). He is soooo interactive. It's so interesting to see him at work. Except the schnauzer really doesn't like the popping noise. He actually runs away and hides under the bed. I've tried to acclimate him to the sound and I've tried petting him and soothing him in the presence of the "popping", but he trembled so bad I had to let him go hide.
Anyway, they are awesome David.
I keep the Peacock with a long spine urchin to take care of algae. The chiragra killed his urchin. But he lived with a damsel for forever until the move. I put both the fish and the shrimp in the moving bag and the shrimp killed the fish enroute. Oops. But until then they shared a cave.
What's a cascade type water filter system?
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