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Old 10-26-2011, 03:42 PM   #1
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can mantis shrimp break glass?

If you had a mantis shrimp could it end up hitting the glass and breaking it while its hunting live prey?
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:43 PM   #2
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Yes. They can break glass.
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:57 PM   #3
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Look on YouTube, there are many videos which show it's attack. Definitely one for an acrylic tank not glass it would smash instantly. The hit from its claw/fist has the same impact as a .22 calibre bullet!
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Wow, really? That would be scary.
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Yeah, these guys intimidate me
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Really cool to watch it feed but wouldn't want to have your hand in the tank too long or too close. I would love to keep one, very cool creatures.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:15 PM   #7
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Theyre amazing but it seems kind of like a timebomb to me
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:01 PM   #8
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The peacock is really the only one I'd be worried about. The rest of them stay pretty small and don't hit the glass unless you're teasing them.

I have one in a 20g glass and he's never hit it - not even when getting prey.
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Indeed it totally depends on the type (species) of mantis you have as well, some are spearers, some are smashers, etc. To lump them all in the same category is an error. I've kept a mantis in a LPS/Mantis dedicated glass tank for almost three years now, and have never had any issues.
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I would not worry about having one much. They can kill small fish obviously, but are amazing animals. A "smasher" could break a glass tank, but not acrylic or even a thick glass tank.
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