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I am new to TRT and I am thrilled that there is a mantis forum here.
I have two N. Wennerae in my 55g display tank.

I set this tank up in August of `07 and I bought a LR/LS package from Tampa Bay Saltwater (TBS) http://www.tbsaltwater.com/
When you order from TBS you get all kinds of hitch hikers which is awesome but there can be some HH that you do not want in your tank. I was hoping that I would get a mantis and I was doubly blessed with the first half of my Package. Then I got a 3rd one with the second part of the Package and this guy lived in my sump for 6-7 months until a local reefer agreed to take him.

My mantis are Neogonodactylus Wennerae which is a small Smasher species from the Gulf of Mexico. Full grown they will only be about 3 inches. For more info on N.Wennerae. When I first got them they were maybe an inch long and completely black. They have been great reef inhabitants. I feed them well - fresh squid, scallops, and shrimp (I work in a restaurant and can get fresh seafood). They pretty much have left my clean up crew alone. They may have taken out a snail or a hermit on occasion but there is no mass carnage. Early on one of them did kill one of the 2 sea cucumbers that I got from TBS but that cuke spent about 3 days over the mantis' hole. They have since never bothered the other one even if he hangs out by their lairs.

I have named them #1 and #2.
The are both about 2 inches long and #1 is a blueish green while #2 is a nice rose color.

Here are a few pics:

#1
<img src="http://static.keebali.com/thereeftank.com/gallery/files/2/3/4/4/3/1_04_08_c.jpg" alt="Mantis #1" />
<img src="http://static.keebali.com/thereeftank.com/gallery/files/2/3/4/4/3/1_04_08_d.jpg" alt="Mantis #1" />
<img src="http://static.keebali.com/thereeftank.com/gallery/files/2/3/4/4/3/1_1.jpg" alt="Mantis #1" />

#2 The curious one
<img src="http://static.keebali.com/thereeftank.com/gallery/files/2/3/4/4/3/hi_8.jpg" alt="Mantis #2" />
<img src="http://static.keebali.com/thereeftank.com/gallery/files/2/3/4/4/3/shake.jpg" alt="Mantis #2" />
#2 has come to shake hands on more than one occasion. In fact he did it tonight but then ran off as I reached for the camera.
 

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Yes I can and do puty my hand in the tank for cleaning.
I do look for them and see if they are out and about.
#1 is more shy put #2 is the curious one and has come towards my hand where I am working. If I see that #2 is out I will give her some food and that will keep her busy.

I dont know for sure but I have it in my head that #1 is a male and #2 is female mainly because #2 is more aggressive
 

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very cool !
 

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I think I would wear chainmale gloves anyway just to be safe
 

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Fart.
For some reason the pics are not loading for me. At least I am here to follow along.
 

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That was strange. I had downloaded those 5 pics into my gallery here then posted them using the image code. I reposted them and they are back now.

Kathy - Fishnu got #3. Last I heard #3 was missing, He may have left the fuge and gotten too close to a return pump??
 

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Now they are there! Thanks, Jeff!!!
Where is fishnu? I have not seen him logged in anywhere for a few days.
 

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So last night I am taking some new pics of the tank and I see the 2 mantis chasing each other. They went the length of the tank twice and then I see #2 go to his rock and disappear. #1 stayed out for a while. I put the feeding stick in the tank to entice her to come out for a pic and she kept attacking the stick - giving it a really good "pop!"

They were going so fast that they were just a blur. I couldn't even tell who as chasing whom let alone get a pic of it. So I am not sure if the chasing was because #2 came to #1's rock or if this was a bit of courting.:wink3:

I have never seen much interaction between the two mantis although there have been a couple of times where they have exchanged homes for a few days at a time. AS I have said before I am not even sure if they are a male/female couple.

I think I got a decent pic of #2 which I will post after I get home from work.
She seems to be a much deeper red color now.

<img src="http://static.keebali.com/thereeftank.com/gallery/files/2/3/4/4/3/2july08.jpg" alt="Wennerae #2" />
 
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