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Old 01-18-2005, 06:14 PM   #1
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I hear one mantis on one side of my tank, and one on the other. I haven't seen them, but I know they are there. I set traps , I sit I watch I can not catch them! I have thought about just dipping the rock, but won't I lose the life on/in it? I also have I hairy redish and cream colored crab that I want out of there! I might not mind reconstructing the rock again because I was going to get a few more pieces from hirocks.com. Plus my anemone is inflating and deflating. I've had it since this summer and it's always looked great, now I don't know whats going on.
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Old 01-18-2005, 08:43 PM   #2
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no need to submerge the whole rock imo if you know were he is just use a turkey baster and squirt water into it he will come out
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Old 01-19-2005, 12:46 AM   #3
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Thats the thing, I don't know which hole they are in. There are definately more than one, but I am clueless to how many and I can not see them. But I hear the clicking all the time now, even in the daytime. we saw 2 the night of the party and we caught the larger one...so I know at least one is in there for sure...they just aren't poking there heads anymore out like the last one did. I know which rock it is, but each are about 30#'s each and covered in holes.
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1 cleaner shrimp, Coral Banded Shrimp, lettuce nudibranch, 1 sand sifter stars, 1 tiny red brittle star "red", 1 tiny red and white banded serpent star, 2 tiny banded serpent stars, small orange Linkia starfish, assorted hermits and snails. Corals: star polyps, A ton of different types of mushrooms, yellow zooanthids, brown-orangish and light blue paly's, orange ricordia.

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do you have another tank ya could put the rock into and watch for the little guy ? would make it easier that way for sure ! i feel your pain though
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Old 01-19-2005, 10:48 AM   #5
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I was reading just last night about QT'ing Live Rock. The author (Anthony Calfo) suggested using egg-crate resting on PVC piers and a bare bottom tank. Put your rock on the egg-crate and place a piece of meat, such as shrimp, on the bottom of the QT tank. Watch to see what picks at the shrimp, and then remove any bad critters. I hadn't heard of this method before, but it might be something to try.
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Old 01-19-2005, 11:28 AM   #6
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That is a great idea. The Calfo book may have to be my next addition to the library. Is that his book on caral propagation?
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I definately understand your frustration. I have had a mantis in my tank for about 2 years....no way to get him out. I have about 350 pounds of LR in the tank...no way to QT all that rock.
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