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Hi Hennie

I am still a beginner, in week 4 of cycling my tank so still have a way to go yet.

I have found 2 mantis shrimps in my tank and have no idea of how to get them out without damaging them (I didn't want to just kill them).

I can't place them in my sump as there is no room and they are buried in 2 of my largest pieces of rock.
I tried luring them out with pieces of fish but they are incredibly shy and won't come out.

I took the pieces of rock out of the tank last week and put them into buckets but I was going away and thought it cruel to leave them to freeze to death so I put them in the tank again.

They are still in their original holes.

Do you have any suggestions of how to get them out of their holes if I take the rocks out of the tank again?
 
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yeah i can help u out to get them out where in jhb r u how big is your rock i hav space in my sump and am looking to have a mantis
 
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se the rock up in such a way that there is just a glass under the rock and that is the only way out put some fih in there ad wait for night
 
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they are so cool i have seen a mantis tank and even when u walk passed they come out like hey back off buddy i will get u and i like animals with attitude
 
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how big are they?

you get tiny mantis's that will do nothing then you get the bigger killers,can you see if they have clubs or spears?
 
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yip peacock mantis shrimp...not that aggressive than warrens,mine is more calm(moffie)
 
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my girlfriends mother tank has 2 of these little guys, i cought them once when i took the LR out to catch a damsel(they fell out of the LR)

i threw them back(since that day all livestock is still their and the feed with the other fish)
if you are really worried
 
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i'll say keep them in and if they grow larger than 4cm then catch them and keep them in the sump.
 

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