Mantis shrimp Available - Pretoria

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  1. Thinus

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    Hi, My LFS recieved 2 x peacock mantis shrimps they did not order
    They are not geared up for them so would like to sell them asap
    Anybody interested please pm me and i'l give you there contact details
     
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  3. FransSny

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    Eish good luck for them, if I was in PTA though....
     
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    Beautiful animals! But anyone please bear in mind that they get very big! And you will need some decent thick glass for these guys. These are one of the species that pack a serious punch.
     
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    do you still have the peacock shrimp?

    If you do let me know what you would like to do with them as I have a tank setup for where both can fit...

    Thanks, pcbuddy13@yahoo.com:thumbup:
     
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    Where are you from?
     
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    You cant really have a tank setup where both can fit. They'll kill each other if they're not seperated.
     
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    Thumb crackers is the other name for these guys.......Ouch!!!
     
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    Hey and welcome to MASA! Why don't you start a new members thread where we all can give you a warm MASA hello!:thumbup:
     
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    i hear that a mantis shrimp could break ur finger.. how big do these guys get??? :p any pics?
     
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    I can not keep one of these but it would be much appreciated if someone will give us some info.
     
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    Mantis shrimp are neither mantis nor shrimp. They are their own order - Stomatopoda. The peacock mantis is Odontodactylus scyllarus.. Unquestionably one of the most beautiful of the stomatopod family! :) However, this species gets fairly large! Like, 18cm kinda large! And when its big can pack a serious punch! Very few mantis shrimps will actually crack glass however.. Usually its the base plate when they go digging. You can place a sheet of perspex or something to prevent this. Nonetheless, slightly thicker glass or acrylic is a good idea as this particular species gets very large.

    Its unlikely that it would break your finger, but this species can do some damage, so hand feeding is not recommended. Its definitely not something I'd recommend keeping with fish unless you're prepared to accept that every now and then one might become a snack. Some people feed them damsels....

    They appreciate a varied diet and will take frozen (prawn, silverside, mussel etc). However should feed some live crab/shrimp every now and then to keep them in good condition.

    also you shouldnt keep an unprotected glass thermometer in the tank with it, theres been some reports of them getting pissed off when the red light comes on and having a whack - with cooked mantis as a result :-(

    They are wonderfully interactive, alert, amazing animals to keep in a dedicated tank. They are incredibly hardy and easy to care for - they do better under moderate to low lighting. This species is a smasher - reffering to the shape of their raptorial fore-limb appendages used for striking prey (and unwary reefers). While this might not sound pleasant, its a far cry better than a spearer!

    This species likes lots of gravel, coral chips and chunks and holey rock to make a network of tunnels and a lair in. You should keep a bed of sand and coral chips at least 13cm deep to allow for their diggings. And be prepared to accept their idea of good aquascaping, not yours! ;-)

    For your info

    http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/arthropoda/crustacea/malacostraca/eumalacostraca/royslist/index.html

    http://www.blueboard.com/mantis/

    http://www.blueboard.com/mantis/pics/ajones_odsc.htm


    I have a mantis shrimp myself, thankfully a much smaller species - Gonodactylaceus falcatus. Its only recently started to get really comfortable in his tank, and now comes to say hi whenever I come check on him. Absolutely love the little bugger! Check the link in my signature for pics :)
     
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    sounds really interesting hey! a mate of mine was interested in them.. got him to join masa but think he is shy to ask questions lol
     
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    He is welcome to PM me if he's shy. Lol. But no reason for that! The only stupid question is the one unasked... ;-)
     
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    Sorry guys shrimps all gone
    Mods please close
     
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