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Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by LikesFish, 17 Apr 2008.

  1. LikesFish

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    urg.... rest of us hate them in our tanks....
     
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    Peacock Mantis? Beautiful! What camera did you use to capture that? Henk: In their own tank they are awesome!
     
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    Yes Peacock in his own species tank. By far the most entertaining marine creature I ever kept. Even my wife prefers to feed him due to his personality. She complains my predator fish (groupers) bite her.

    I used a Canon 1Ds Mark III with a 100mm F2.8 macro lens.
     
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    likesfish: is he out a lot? I know most people only find mantis in their tank once livestock is killed... how often do you see this bugger? ;)
     
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    Yup about 70% of the time you can see him peeking out of his hole, and 10% of the time he is running around the tank.

    PS: Peacock mantis shrimps never ride on LR in to new tanks - they have to be purchased. It is other species that hitch hike - and most of the time those hitch hikers never get larger than about 3-4 cm... I.e. harmless.
     
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    He is fantastic.. how about some more pics please
     
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    damn likefish, you are making me sad:(
    I'm still saving up money for it, i promise.

    hey guys this is the most coolest thing i have ever seen, my girlfriend also likes it:)
     
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    as always, i'm amazed.
    nice pic of your naso
     
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    (Broadening the family a bit...)
     
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    Incredible photo's.

    What is the mantis eating in that 2nd to last pic?
     
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    Looks like a mussel.

    Awesome pictures Likefish :thumbup:
     
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    Yup I feed him mussel.
     
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    That's what I thought, but I was under the impression that they only took live foods?
     
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    Nope not at all. They readily take frozen foods. Mine is picky though - won't eat anything. But mussel, lance fish, scallop are all fine.
     
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    Love the macro shots, thanks LikesFish :)
     
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    Interesting, thanks. They definitely are stunning creatures. Have you got anything else at all in the tank? Would they devour snails and hermits (clean up crew)?
     
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    I have two cowries in there... Their shells are too thick for the mantis to break and he is uninterested in them. Apart from that - pods and LR.
     
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