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Old 05-02-2005, 07:48 PM   #1
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Can i have a MANTIS SHRIMP???

I have had my tank up for 7 weeks now with no deaths, and very little invert deaths, just the usual hermits fighting over shells. I have also added more shells and no shells laying around have holes in them. I think i can hear a small click coming from my tank and am not sure what it is. Havent heard it until recently, and it be a newborn Mantis or Pistol Shrimp. I have a yellow watchman who is always on the bottom, and also Chromis that are on bottom and inbetween rocks at night and no deaths. Can i assume if the clicking is coming from something inside the tank its a pistol shrimp. i also heard that mantis shrimp from LR.com are less aggressive and often dont even hunt fish and inverts. Any Ideas??? BTW, the clicking is just one click, not a bunch in a row.
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Old 05-02-2005, 07:55 PM   #2
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could be crabs or snails hitting the glass with their shells.. Could also be a manits.. set up a trap and see if you get lucky..
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Old 05-02-2005, 08:58 PM   #3
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Isnt a Mantis shrimp really loud, and consistent at making the noise?
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Old 05-02-2005, 09:45 PM   #4
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what ur having sounds exactly like the same as what i hear coming out of my tank, at night when i'm lying down to goto bed. at first i thought it was maybe the filter but its like random clicking every now and then. i listened to all my items like the filter,powerheads , but it was coming from inside the tank whatever it is i cant see what it is. maybe tonight i'll get a flashlight and play private eye
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Old 05-02-2005, 10:40 PM   #5
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a buddy of mine has what i beleive is a mantis shrimp, and i heard the clicking that it makes, but his makes clicking a couple of times in a row. Mine is one click, why i think it maybe something with my skimmer. Only time will tell.
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I'd set a trap and see what you've got... the worst that can happen is you trap some of your hermits, you can make a trap out of a regular soda bottle... just invert the mouth of the bottle so its like a funnel and of coarse remove all the labeling and glue... put some tastey raw shrimp or fish in there to catch them!
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I thought the pistol shrimp made the clicking... I could be wrong though. Mantis shrimp are really creepy looking. Fluff could give you more info on the Mantis shrimps behavior.
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I think that i may have a Mantis Shrimp, but I am not exactly sure. I hear the clicking noisy occasionally and Ive seen a "dark colored crawfish" like thing poking its head out every so often.

But my tank has been up and running for about 2 months now. I have 2 O clowns, a chromis, bi color angel, a dozen hermits, cleaner shrimp, and a dozen snails. Everything is still alive, sooo maybe its a pistol shrimp?


Badfish and i set a trap for the "mantis" shrimp but the only thing we caught was a cleaner shrimp and 3 hermits. I tried catchin it with a net but its way too fast and seems impossible to corner.

I dont mind keepin the mantis shrimp if it dosent harm any of my fish or inverts. Has anyone kept one safely in their tanks for an extended period of time?
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Old 05-03-2005, 06:21 PM   #9
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yeah, i think 4 inch has a mantis, because it looks like a crayfish without any claws, it has bug eyes. I looked a pics of Pistols online and it looks like they have giant claws, i also saw pics of Manits and think it looks more like a Mantis, but why no deaths in his tank. Also his clicks a couple of times in a row, mine i only hear a click every so often.
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