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Old 03-15-2005, 09:32 AM   #1
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How did YOU deal with your mantis shrimp?

I ordered an XTerminator trap, which I'll try first. In the meantime, all new additions are on hold until I get the bugger. Once I get the XTerminator, I have to decide how long to continue to try it.

Any feelings about the following options?

1) Traps

2) FW dip of live rock

3) Hypersalinity dip (1.04 SG)

4) Club soda injections into LR holes?

5) Pour full strength Clorox bleach into tank



(ok, maybe not #5).
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-15-2005, 10:19 AM   #2
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Whatever you do, do not expose your rock to hyposalinity!!!! It will kill off just about all the life on your rock and you can expect a large ammonia spike from the dieoff that will ensue.
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Old 03-15-2005, 04:58 PM   #3
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The only thing I have caught with the X-terminator is my skunk cleaners and diff types of crabs. I bought the trap as soon as I saw the mantis. Then while waiting for it to get to my house I caught the mantis. I have one more mantis that I can hear, but I am yet to see this one. The trap has been in the tank everynight for over 2 weeks. The good news is that the trap works and the mantis that is in there really does not hurt anything.
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Old 03-15-2005, 05:03 PM   #4
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Then while waiting for it to get to my house I caught the mantis

How did you catch it????
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-15-2005, 07:01 PM   #5
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I caught mine by identifying which rock he was living in, removing that rock to a bucket of regular tank water, then plunging the rock in and out of the tank water a few times. By the 3rd or 4th plunge, he abandoned ship into the bucket.

He now lives in a 5 gallon beside the main tank.

If he won't jump for it, suspend the rock above the bottom of the bucket (rock still submerged), and place food at the bottom of the bucket. Wait...when he goes for the food, pull the rock out. Best if the food is attached to something so he has to work at it for a few seconds. Don't leave the food in there too long or you will build up ammonia in the bucket and damage the rock.
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Old 03-15-2005, 07:30 PM   #6
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I used a cold Saltwater after sitting in it for a little while he came out a little then I took a bamboo scewer and pride it out of the whole.
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Watch you tank and find out where it lives. If you can remove that rock while the shrimp's still in it you've got a number of options to chase it out and catch it.
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Old 03-15-2005, 08:16 PM   #8
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I just saw him! I jabbed at the hole with a bamboo and then a stainless steel skewer for 5 min (I know, metal in the tank :| ). I think I enlarged the hole 1/4" by scraping, plunging, poking and jabbing with the skewer.

Now I have to get rid of my peppermint shrimp, whcih are apparently mowing down a group of little baby featherduster on a rock, which look like a field of dandelions (a.k.a. my back yard). They took care of my little field of aiptasia, though, which looked like a field of dandelions ...
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-15-2005, 11:22 PM   #9
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My peppermint shrimp did the exact same thing... mowed down a bunch of feather dusters (after getting rid of all my aptasia).
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I'm SURE #5 would work!
though I wouldnt suggest it.

on the other hand.........their so **** resilient they would probably survive!!! j/k
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