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#1 Synirr

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:04 PM

We got a new shipment of corals at work, and hiding in a hole in one of the coral rocks was a tiiiiiny little mantis. These guys are considered pests by many reefkeepers, so I coaxed him out of the rock... and he was so dang cute I had to take him home with me!! :wub:
It has been a while since I had a mantis, but I absolutely LOVE them, so I'm thrilled to have another. I believe this one is Haptosquilla glyptocercus. They don't get much more than 1" long, so his 0.9g home provides ample room. It is a Marina Cubus betta kit with 2 Ecoxotic 3w LED Stunners for lighting. Currently fitted with a HOB filter, but I have a nano pump ordered for it, which I think will look nicer.
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This pic is from my camera phone, which actually did a better job of capturing the color.
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Where it lives, on my computer desk.
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Soda can for size reference. It currently has a ghetto lid comprised of plastic canvas and packing tape, but I'm planning to get some glass cut for it once the new pump arrives.
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Mantis!
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Peeking out just after being introduced to the tank
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New home... this seems to be the hidey-hole he has chosen, right out front. :)
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Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:08 PM

So CUTE!!!!

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:41 PM

OMG ITS SOO FRIGGIN CUTE!!!! I love these lil guys, lucky find. Lucky shrimp.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:21 PM

Lucky shrimp indeed! What a great little tank!

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 06:38 PM

LOL! the look they have is just so adorable. <3

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:54 AM

Awww!

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:06 PM

This tank is still doing amazingly well, thriving even. The only problem is a big ol' clump of hair algae right over where the mantis lives... of course it would have to be in the most inconvenient spot. :rolleyes:
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Got a neat little frilly anemone at work, which I figured was going to sting the crap out of anything it touched since it looks like a mini hell's fire anemone, but it's actually pretty harmless. It has been rubbing up against a mushroom coral without incident, and I think it adds a lot of interest.
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Eating mysis shrimp, yum! This is the only time he exits his hole.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDry4xzmuOA&list=UUImqZ9WvlW2mrzQ84c7OAYw&index=1&feature=plcp

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 05:44 PM

Eating mysis shrimp, yum! This is the only time he exits his hole.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDry4xzmuOA&list=UUImqZ9WvlW2mrzQ84c7OAYw&index=1&feature=plcp


Haha! That's so cool!




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