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Old 11-11-2012, 03:21 PM   #11
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Did u get it yet??
Nope haven't caught it yet. We are trying to figure out where abouts it lives and which hole. We can still hear it all the time. Think he's teasing us! Haha
Unfortunately our starfish passed away
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:33 PM   #12
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Nope haven't caught it yet. We are trying to figure out where abouts it lives and which hole. We can still hear it all the time. Think he's teasing us! Haha
Unfortunately our starfish passed away
I hope you guys arent searching for something that doesnt exist.... I havent heard much evidence that there might be a mantis in your tank
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Well it's either a mantis or a pistol shrimp in the tank. The lady we bought the tank off said it was a pistol shrimp when we bought it but last week something took a liking to our starfish. We can defiantly hear him as he is always clacking his claw.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:10 PM   #14
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Could be a pistol then. If the star buried itself and its arm ended up in the pistols burrow, it'll likely eat the offending arm. No wild animal is gonna pass up on a meal just sitting there. And pistols click too. But they're not dangerous, except to snails and burrowing starfish maybe. If the lady you bought it from says she bought a pistol, then it's a pistol. Just don't get anything else that digs in The sand and you should be okay. (Nassarius should be okay, though) Now if you suddenly have a bunch of fish go missing, then I'd be thinking a mantis.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:03 PM   #15
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A big mantis at that. Last I heard, mantis are not starfish eaters, rather fish/clams/scallops.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:03 PM   #16
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Yes they eat fish clams and things of the such. Crabs, snails, blah blah not stars. Seriously why would you think it's a mantis if she said there was a pistol in there?
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:56 AM   #17
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Yes they eat fish clams and things of the such. Crabs, snails, blah blah not stars. Seriously why would you think it's a mantis if she said there was a pistol in there?
Because we didn't know if she had got it wrong or not. If one person is telling us one thing and another is saying something. We have seen videos of mantis eating starfish. So to be honest we don't know what to believe so on this one I think we will stick to our on judgement.
People have been very helpful towards us though in trying to help and for that thank you.
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I'll be honest, I wish I could look at the tank and be able to give a better opinion. I want to say pistol in this instance. But time will tell.

What kind of starfish was it? There is a chance that it could have died from other reasons... Mantis can eat starfish. The first guy I found in the forums here that owned one had it in a tank w/ an attached sump full of chocolate chip stars that he would cut a leg off to feed the mantis.
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That was a harlequin shrimp. I remember the thread. But they USUALLY dont eat stars.
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I have never heard of a mantis eating stars... Harlequin shrimps only eat stars as crister points out...
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