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Old 11-07-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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How do you catch a mantis shrimp? HELP!

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We bought a marine fish tank 2nd hand with fish and live coral etc. starting from last night our starfish has lost 2 limbs. We have checked all tests for the water and everything is fine. It's now down to the mantis shrimp. Please can anybody help us in catching him????
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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make a simple trap. Have to check it each morning though. Take a regular size water bottle/ coke bottle, etc, cut the top third off, invert the "funnel" and place bait inside. Prop it up next to the rock you think he's living in and leave overnight.
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I never had much luck with the traps with my tank, i had to get mine out by hand. When the lights go on in the tank, look for which rock he scurried into and move that rock (quickly!) into a bucket or similar device. Then you can wait for him to come out, or do as i did and take a turkey baster and squirt hot water into the holes in the rock. They usually come right out after that. I then filled the bucket with acetone, but if the mantis is of the more desirable variety, just acclimate it to a new tank. Good luck.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:49 AM   #4
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The tank knowingly came with a mantis, or you think you have one?
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:22 PM   #5
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The tank knowingly came with a mantis, or you think you have one?
We think its a mantis she told us it was a a pistol shrimp and bright green. When I went to my local marine shop he said it sounds more like a mantis. We can him clicking but haven't yet seen him.

Does anybody know what this centipede is? Would it have done any harm to the starfish?



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Old 11-08-2012, 06:33 PM   #6
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It is a bristleworm, very common hitchhiker with LR. And I may have. There is a pretty solid difference between a mantis shrimp and a pistol...
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Mantis shrimp and pistol shrimp are only alike in that they both make the snapping noise. You are probably very wrong about it being a mantis, mainly because it would be very hard for an employee to mix the two up.
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Show us a picture if you can get one!
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:17 PM   #9
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We are on the hunt for it coming out to tonight. We are even more eager to catch now after our starfish has sadly passed away
We have a scallop in the tank do u think it could harm that?
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We are on the hunt for it coming out to tonight. We are even more eager to catch now after our starfish has sadly passed away
We have a scallop in the tank do u think it could harm that?
Did u get it yet??
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