Mantis Shrimp

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  1. SaltyReef

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    Hi all,

    I got some live rock yesterday from a friends tank.

    He dicided he was going to take it down as his fish kept dying for some unknown reason.

    when I put this piece of liverock in my tank out came a 6cm long mantis shrimp. green with a beige stripe down its back. the slasher type of mantis.

    I managed to catch him and dumped him in my dsb.

    I think he has buried himself in the sand cause I cant find the little bugger today.

    Does anybody want it. I'm sure i can coax him out with some fresh yellow fin Tuna.

    maybe someone wants to swap me a small frag for it
     
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  3. SaltyReef

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    needless to say i contacted my mate and let him know not to end his reef dream and that the culprit had been captured
     
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    Please can i have him
     
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    When I find him I'll put him in the protein skimmer section and pm you my address
     
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    Why wouldn't one keep him ?
     
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    Dropzone, mantis shrimp make awesome pets, but only if they have their own tank. In a mixed community reef with other fish they can attack, kill and eat fish many many times their size. They are the ultimate little ambush predators!
     
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    Holy c$&&$& p

    I have 1 in my tank that came many months back with the live rock. It was tiny and now has grown to about 2 cm. He never leaves his hole though ! Well , that's when the lights are on ! :lol:
    I have no luck keeping sand gobys for a period of time ! Have lost 2 in as many months. COULD this be ?
     
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    Definitely. Gobies like the dark crevices and holes that are exactly where the mantis ambushes his prey. If you know which piece of rock hes in you can take it out and flush him out with cold SW or something gentle. otherwise have a look for "Coke bottle" fish traps etc. Basically take a nice big coke bottle and cut the top off just below the end of the cone. Invert this so the cone is lying inside the bottle facing to the base. Remove the cap and then glue it so its "vas". Then you throw a small piece of frozen prawn inside or mussel and leave it near his lair when its dark. Wait to hear him or watch with a dim red light and then once he's in the bottle hoist him out.
     
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    Phew - hectic. I guess could explain my loss of goldies and chromis (all small ) ?
    If that's the case , that goggo must go
    Thanks for the heads up dude

    Clint
     
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    If you have fish vanishing and a mantis in the tank then theres a very good chance its him...

    ps: dont hate the critter. Its not his fault he got ripped out the ocean, shipped halfway across the world, and then chucked in a glass cube with nothing to eat except these vrot captive fish ;-) Catch him and offer him up on the forums as a pet. Or if you keen, attach a little tank your system as a species only. They really dont need much care at all, most are pretty bulletproof.

    Mine lives in a little 20L, which i do a small waterchange about once a month. Lots of macroalgae keeps it in good shape, and I only feed him a thumbnail sized piece of prawn twice a week or less sometimes. One of the most intersting and interactive creatures i've ever kept! Mine also just moulted from a lovely burnished/russet red to a stunning yellow/green.
     
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    IF I had more space, I would have taken the little fella - BUT, I already have 2 x mantis shrimps as pets already! ;)
     
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    I want a mantis shrimp pet :(
     
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    funny enough i had been hearing this knocking sound coming from my tank for some time now. also explains the loss of my blenny and long nose hawk in 2 days...
    will try the coke bottle trap tomorrow.
     
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    Thnx for info. Luckily the little guy lives in a piece of life rock. So without taking chances he b
    Now has a comfy new home in my sump , until I figure out what to do with him
     
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    I think we deserve... PICS! :)
     
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    well done on the catch by the way.... they can be hellishly hard to remove!
     
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    ;) well , was pretty easy as he retracted into his rock and voilla :wave2:
    Will miss him though as was quite a character with beady eyes :(
     
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    No no no no no pics are dangerous on this site :biggrin:
     
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    not good pets those dudes killed my crabs and schrimps :(
     
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    boetie he is my favourite pet! I just make sure i dont keep him with my other pets! :)
     
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