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Mantis shrimp are highly predatory so you'll not want to put anything else in there. When you say you're completely new to keeping fish, how far does your knowledge go thus far from research? You are aware of cycling, water parameters etc?
 

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Well, what is it specifically you're after advise wise other than knowing if anybody else has kept one?

I have no idea what your knowledge level is so unfortunately I have to ask basic questions before there's any point carrying on. Creating the physical environment for them isn't the problem, the correct water chemistry is. If you've never kept a fish tank before then the actual cycling of the tank and getting the parameters right for marine is where you'll have trouble, which coincides with the "needing pointers on setting their environment up" you asked in the original post.

Diving straight into marine invertebrates from no practical hands on aquarium experience at all is ambitious at best; haphazard at worst. It's not as simple as buying the saltwater, putting it and putting your mantis shrimp in. You need to be cycling it, testing it during the cycle - you do not want a mantis shrimp in there with ammonia and nitrites. You'll want the correct salinity of course. I can go more in depth on the water chemistry but as I say, I have absolutely no idea what you already know or don't know so don't really want to bombard you, nor condescend you.

How are you planning to cycle it? What sort of size tank do you have, and I assume you're already aware about needing live rock etc. Will you be running a skimmer?

Mantis shrimp are full of character, and once settled and happy you will find they will peep out to watch you just as often as you peep in to watch them. I personally love them. I've no interest in putting you off keeping them, I'm simply saying marine anything gives you little margin for error in aquarist skills, and since you have none at all it's going to be an ambitious endeavour, though not impossible.

Sadly no amount of theory research can make up for a small amount of practical experience when it comes to marines. Do bare in mind with Mantis shrimp, if you ever get bored or want to shift it on you may find it a slight challenge, as awesome as they are most marine keepers simply don't want to devote a whole tank to one mantis shrimp.
 
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