Pistol shrimp for free: Houghton

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  1. zak

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    Common Name:
    Pistol Shrimp ​
    Scientific Name:
    Alpheidae ​
    Size
    +/-3cm ​
    How long have you had it?
    At least a few weeks ​
    Shipping or Collection only:
    Collection only ​
    Your location.
    Houghton ​
    Price:
    Free (will appreciate some sand from the DSB of the person collecting, wanna seed my DSB) ​
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  3. ziyaadb

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    dude would love him can give u some of the sand from my display? is he a coulourfull 1 i cant see it clearly on my phone?
     
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    He's not brightly coloured, does look cool though.. I guess he is still a juvenile.. Looks clear with some brownish greyish stripes..
     
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    Out of curiosity, why are you giving her away?
    I would pay for it, if I could find one to buy here in CT.
     
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    I have been advised against keeping her. I was told that she would eat little fish, and can be noisy..
     
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    if its still available i will swop you some shrooms if you want
     
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    The people here in SA are really strange with their advise. Don't keep an anemone, because it might eat your fish too. Bubble corals are also dangerous. Seriously, mine had a 8cm wrasse for dinner. Only realised that when the bubble coral spit the fishbone out.

    There is nothing better in a reeftank than goby and pistolshrimp, clown and anemone,
    anemone and pistolshrimp, anemone and procellain crab, etc.

    The only advise I would give you for keeping this shrimp is, you have to have 10mm glass minimum and you better keep her with a goby. Having the goby on her side makes it really fascinating to watch them and you will know where she is, as she stays with the goby. It is also easy to target feed her, because you will know where she is, when kept with a goby.

    The people here will also advise you to go with an DSB, etc.

    In this hobby, we have many different ways to succeed. And we all take the one or the other risk.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    +1 i agree with luckyfish

    if ur glass is 10mm or thicker, get a goby, i have a pink spotted prawn goby for you if u keen, had it for ages, it eats anything
     
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    Nothing better in a reeftank than this:

    [​IMG]

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    Thanks for the advice guys. I have 6mm glass on the sides and a 10mm base, would this suffice? If not, you can have the shrimp Dallas, Ziyaad has not gotten back to me..
     
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    No ways, this shrimp can crack up to 8mm glas. I wouldn't take that chance!
     
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    zak thanks for the offer man but i am not in the proper situation to take appropriate care for her as i still need to get the fuge made and i know dallas has enough space so she is all yours dallas.
     
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    You guys confusing this pistol with a very large mantis shrimp?
     
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    Now I am getting confused. I know that pistol shrimps can crack glass easily, but know that you have mentioned the mantis, I am asking myself how thick does the glass need to be for pistols and how thick for mantis.

    How thick does it need to be for a mantis?
     
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    Looking at this shrimp, id be amazed if can crack any glass, looks too tiny to inflict that kind of damage.. In fact for the couple of weeks that i have him, he's never made a sound. Scared me half to death when picked up a piece of LR and saw him dart out, thats about the only damage thus far..
     
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    Really not sure , I would "guess" 6 mm glass to be enough as they dont grow large like mantis but having said that the "bubble" created by ots snapping can reach a speed up to 100 ks an hour ....
     
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    That is strange, you should clearly here the sound as it can reach more than 200 decibel. The pistol shrimp shoots water through their claw which can reach a speed of 100kph. It is reported that pistols have cracked glass.
     
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    Pistol shrimp free

    Dallas, small problem.. Power failure in Houghton last night caused water level to drop and the shrimps holding facility was compromised.. now he's free in my DT. Impossible to find!! Any suggestions..
     
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    Hi Lucky and all,
    Saw a discovery channel show the other day, they actually shoot a microscopic bubble/s that reaches a tempreture of 4000 degrees C:yeahdude:. It is called cavitating, the show was called 'The hidden world (I think?)' presented by Richard Hammond (Top Gear fame), I was also totally dumb struck by this revelation. Check out this sight as well Pistol crabs (or pistol shrimps) fire with cavitation weapons – A curiosity of nature once driving the NAVY crazy
    Really cool crustaceans!!
     
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    well now he is yours :) they are very cool to keep and he will be burrowing new the base of your rocks...
    how far along is your tank?
     
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