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Old 10-07-2011, 01:10 PM
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In addition to Elsie, I also have a 55gal fish tank, with Endler's guppies, peppered cories, and Rivulus hartii. The yellowness in my fish photos is due to the lighting in our dinning room.







I also am bringing home a mantis today, and have her tank set up:

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Old 10-07-2011, 08:03 PM
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And she's here! Her name is Theo.
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What a beautiful tank And cool looking mantis!
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Thank you!

To make up for the whirlwind that is Elsie, it seems like all of my other pets have to be basically invisible. ;]
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BEAUTIFUL tank! I looove the sand substrate. I want to switch to sand in my tanks pretty soon here.

What a cool mantis! I didn't even know people kept them!
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BEAUTIFUL tank! I looove the sand substrate. I want to switch to sand in my tanks pretty soon here.

What a cool mantis! I didn't even know people kept them!
Thank you! I like the sand better than gravel. I find it easier to keep clean, and I think it looks nicer. Plus, my catfish like it a lot better--they and the Rivulus I have both like to root around and dig holes in it. The only downside is that when I first put it in, it took like two days to settle. I wonder if I didn't wash it well enough before putting it in.

And thanks! Yeah, they're pretty popular (for insects). She's from a guy in my Entomology class--he breeds them. She's native to this area, though, and is (probably) mated, so I may have about ten bajillion mantids soon.
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I <3 Endlers. Someday when I have the time and space I will have a tank again, and I will have Endlers, even though last time I had a tank they were impossible to find!
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I also did not know people kept Mantis! Learn something new all the time, love the fish tank, I miss having fish, just don't have time to do right by them these days...

Out of curiosity, what will you do with a bazillion mantid!? LOL
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I <3 Endlers. Someday when I have the time and space I will have a tank again, and I will have Endlers, even though last time I had a tank they were impossible to find!

I love them too! I work in a laboratory, and so they're 'leftovers' from work. You might try finding out if anyone in your area has extra Endlers--they breed like crazy. :3


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I also did not know people kept Mantis! Learn something new all the time, love the fish tank, I miss having fish, just don't have time to do right by them these days...

Out of curiosity, what will you do with a bazillion mantid!? LOL
My favorite thing about the fish is how little time it takes, now that it's all set up--literally maybe an hour a week. When you first start it seems like it takes a lot more time than that, though.

Luckily, the species I have is native to my area, so I can release the babies into my garden (assuming they don't hatch until they're supposed to). If they accidentally get too warm, I'll have to separate them out and see if anyone wants them. Otherwise they'll eat each other, and I'll have a mass slaughter on my hands.
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