Peppermint, mantis or other?

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  1. AndreM

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    My wife saw this thing poking its head out of a rock, took a very quick photo of it with her cellphone.

    Unfortunately it didn't pose for a very good picture, but maybe someone can tell me if this is one of the two peppermint shrimps I've yet to see after adding them to the tank a month ago, or perhaps something more sinister, such a mantis shrimp?

    ( Please excuse the hair algae.. it's an ongoing battle! )

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    Looks like a mantis
     
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    Another vote for a mantis.
    If you look carefully, you will see your peppermint shrimp inside him:p
     
  5. AndreM

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    My wife says that even though the photo doesn't show it, it has a dark coloured body.

    Great.. and I was picking off some of that hair algae around his cave with my bare fingers...
     
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    Excellent that you've seen him in his rock, whatever he is, if you can, remove that rock and hold it in a bucket (upside down if you can) and squirt some RO water into the hole, this should flush him out out of the hole and hopefully fall into the bucket, make sure there is some tank water in the bucket as you don't want to kill him. You can then confirm exactly what he is and then decide what you're going to do with him. If RO water doesn't work I have read of people using soda water to make him come out.
     
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    Tagging... could be interesting
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    yup, +1 for mantis
     
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    Unfortunately I don't believe that will work. That rock that I saw him on isn't really a cave. It's more a hole. I think if we tried to move it, he will just swim off and hide somewhere else.
     
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    Is it a hole in a rock? - if so it will work. Mantis are very shy and will retreat into the hole if you come close.
     
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    I'll give it a try this evening. Well, first I'm going to move the rock just a little bit to see if anything is supported by it, everything is balanced very delicately :). Re-scaping everything is a weekend job :p
     
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    Hectic! What new surprises will I find in the world of marine? Those things are grillerig!
     
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    He's moved from that rock now and in a different rock. He is a quick bugger.
     
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    Thanks @viper357, it worked :)

    My wife's quick eyes saw it move to a smaller rock that was easier to remove and I dipped that rock briefly in RO water. It jumped off right away and I decanted it into a glass with tank water. It's currently swimming around in a 1 liter measuring jug of tank water with zoa frag on small piece of liverock to hide underneath.

    Any suggestions of what I should do with the guy? I think it's probably the cause of my chromis being so scared all the time.

    From head to tail he's 5cm long.


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    Do you know where your live rock came from? One area? Mixed rock from different areas?
     
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    It's a mix from various places unfortunately. My tank's been running for almost a year now and the liverock was gradually added over a long period. Most of it came from a single lfs which was a mix of kenya and blue fiji which was stored together in the same tank at the lfs. The rest is from another lfs - not sure it was from, I think it was from Bali, it had various different polyps on it. And then I also got a single piece of liverock from another reefer, it looks like blue fiji, but I'm also not 100% sure.
     
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    Just asking to see if the area mentioned on the ID you found match where your rock comes from - but that is now irrelevant :p
     
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    ugly bugger......lol...............
     
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