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Old 01-09-2004, 10:30 AM   #1
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Found another Mantis

I've heard the clicking noise in my tank for a while now, figured I had a mantis that didn't get caught like the other 4, but never saw it...until last night. That little SOB was out for a second before diving back into a rock pile.

Now, how do I catch this little guy without totally taking apart and dipping ever piece of LR? If I have to do another seltzer jacuzzi, maybe I'll do it when I move, but I would rather catch him now.
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Old 01-09-2004, 10:44 AM   #2
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there is a couple of ways:

1) take a glass jar set at an angle and place some food in it. the glass will be to slippery for the shrimp to climb out.

2)taks a plastic soda bottle and cut the top 1/3 of the bottle off turn the top so that it is actually inside the bottle seal it together and place some food inside this will give you a make shift lobster cage.

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Old 01-09-2004, 10:48 AM   #3
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Mantis can swim, though, so I like the second idea better.

As far as the carbonated water dip (which worked for the other 4), I was thinking about using tank water and dry ice, which would be a lot cheaper than seltzer water.
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put a bottle cap out on a trip wire hooked to a mouse trap. Sea crustaceans are famous for being pirates and stealing shiny stuff. When the mantis grabs the bottlecap the mouse trap will go off, flinging him out of the water and into your hood. Hopefully you will have glued 3d finishing nails on the underside of the hood by then, so when he strikes the hood he will be impaled. At this point you should mock and belittle him for his stupidity (pirates hate that). Turning the lights on is optional at this point. The final step is to take his battlecap and pocket it, now he will be totally submissive as he understands of your dominance. You can then remove him peacefully and without fear of being popped by his claws.
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Old 01-09-2004, 03:27 PM   #5
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I could also challenge him to a duel, but with that many legs, we'd have to define 10 steps.
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LMAO guys :rofl:

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Old 01-09-2004, 04:07 PM   #7
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Get a Fridimani they are known for eating mantis.. lol

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Let's throw a problem in to correct a problem. Good call on the Orchid Dottyback.
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Old 01-09-2004, 04:16 PM   #9
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LOL I personally thought about it but I never did.. I caught him by luck after about 4 months.. He went into a piece of LR that I was able to remove quickly and drop in the sump until he came out of the sump.. I actually caught both of mine that way..

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I caught my first 4 with carbonated water, and since I am moving next month and will be ticking off all of my inhabitants, that might be a good time to do it again.
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