I was trying to get a good video of the mantis shrimp breaking into a snail for lunch but instead he was curious of what I was doing and tried to sneak up on me. 🙂
Listen for it… Crack! Every time I hear this I go to make sure he’s not hitting the tank. Thankfully the 90 refugium is made out of half-inch glass.
Happy New Year!
The Mantis Shrimp new cave system has been installed. My last post shows just the PVC.
Oh and here are a couple pictures of the new T5 bulbs installed and raised up 7 inches for the break-in period.
Here’s a couple short clips, the first is of me feeding our Peacock Mantis Shrimp. I’m curious how big he will actually get in our tank. He’s grown quite a bit over that past couple months it seems. Every time I see him I’m amazed by how intelligent the mantis shrimp appear to be. In the second video I was trying to film the mantis out and about. Pretty sure he was breaking off pieces of a monti cap for building material, but then he saw me. Poof! 🙂
Since removing the blue damselfish from the refugium, the peppermint shrimp population has exploded! There used to be a few in the rocks but now they are everywhere in the 90 gallon refuge. I guess they aren’t quite large enough for the peacock mantis shrimp to care about. It will be interesting to see how many of them will make it to maturity. I’d say the biggest shrimp are about 3/8 inch now.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICzAgmVNhNY%5D [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH0cHBreKYY%5D
I recently pulled a bunch of algae out of the refuge and thought I would take a couple update photos. The peacock mantis shrimp is the only creature living in the refugium. He pretty much lives in a conch shell buried in the rocks on the right side of the tank. He often chops off pieces of SPS coral to build with, lol. Since the damselfish removal the bug population has exploded! I’m really happy to have the bugs/pods back!
Our Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) has been more readily coming out to feed lately. When he darts out to eat his piece of shrimp I can see how much he’s grown! With the removal of the damselfish from the tank, maybe he will be out exploring more.
I wanted to post a few follow-up videos from an earlier post (here) of some creatures in our 90 gallon refugium. I had to move the in-take refugium and found the Brittle Starfish and Worm behind it.
Over the past couple of years we have tried to put different creatures in our 90 gallon refugium, usually creatures that do best when kept alone. One of the first creatures we tried to keep in our refugium was an anlerfish also know as a frogfish (later trying an octopus and peacock mantis shrimp). I’d say that an anglerfish was a great addition to our refuge except for the fact that they died :(. I think it had something to do with the intense lighting I had set up for growing chaetomorpha algae. Both were eating well from a feeding stick. Here are a few pictures from when the Anglers were in the refuge.
Wartskin Anglerfish (below)
Just a short video and some pictures of the tank / refugium. Lately, I’ve added an Achilles Tang, Ornate Leopard Wrasse, 6 Line Wrasse and some live rock. Oh and a few Eagle Eye Zoanthids from my friend Jim.
A few TearDrop Maximas, Crocea, Maxima etc. in the fuge.
New Ornate Leopard Wrasse 🙂
Eagle Eye Zoanthids .
Achilles Tang for the main tank. So far he was been really social and has left all my LPS corals alone. 🙂