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Old 08-09-2012, 01:58 PM   #1
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Question ANOTHER mantis shrimp!

I was watching my tank today and I heard it... the dreaded clicking of shrimp claws on rock. I've got another mantis shrimp. I made a trap out of a plastic coke bottle, so far I've only managed to catch a snail, a peppermint, my pseudochromis, and a hermit. Seems it's catching everything BUT the mantis. So, I was wondering if they're any better traps out there to make? (or buy?) that would specifically target a mantis. I found my last one by taking the rocks out one by one and shaking them violently in freshwater. But seeing as i've got about 80lbs now, It's not very practical.
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Practical or not...if you really do have a mantis you need to get it out asap before it murders all in your tank. What have you added to get another mantis? Are you not QT'ing your rocks?
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:52 PM   #3
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I assume it's the rock. I added the first batch and cycled the tank with it, then the second batch came from another tank, which I dipped in fresh water and found the first shrimp. This time, I let the rock cycle in a Rubbermaid tub before adding it. It could have been an egg or larvae tucked away in a crevice. I just don't want to tear my tank down.
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I say keep trying the trap you have until you find some thing else, don't give up...
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I'd like to buy the mantis from you if you catch it.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:02 AM   #6
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I had a mantis many years ago & I got lucky (at least I think I did) and saw it move across the rock it was in. I grabbed the rock and pulled it out and smashed it with a hammer, caught the shrimp and put back the pieces. I never tried this trap but I looked at it while back & thought it might be worth a try if I ever got another.
http://www.aquariumguys.com/xtermina...rimp-trap.html
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I had a mantis many years ago & I got lucky (at least I think I did) and saw it move across the rock it was in. I grabbed the rock and pulled it out and smashed it with a hammer, caught the shrimp and put back the pieces. I never tried this trap but I looked at it while back & thought it might be worth a try if I ever got another.
X-Terminator Mantis Shrimp Trap
for $9 i'll certainly try it.
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Good luck, hope it works!
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