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Old 02-13-2005, 03:35 AM   #1
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how to trap mantis shrimp?

how should i do that? tank now is ready to stock. ammonia = 0. nitrite = 0. PH =7.3.

but the mantis makes me crazy..... any advice? thks in advance
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Old 02-13-2005, 04:05 AM   #2
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They do sell traps, i have never needed to trap a mantis so i dont know how well they work may wait for someone else to respond.

BTW 7.3 ph is way to low that should be up around 8-8.3
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Old 02-13-2005, 04:23 AM   #3
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ops... what i mean is 8.3 PH. typed wrong.... sorry.
thanks for correcting me.
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Old 02-13-2005, 11:36 AM   #4
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Just brought my first two fish home and found a mantis

I'm not too horrified as I have had this tank up since right after Christmas and after I placed in the rock I had been doing a lot of studying on the subject of mantis shrimp.

In my case the rock was Keys and Live Base Rock from liverocks.com. It is absolutely beautiful. I added another 30lbs of base rock from hirocks.com and I cycled with a shrimp.

All this time I was aquascaping, testing water and searching for the pistols or mantis. I did find one tiny mantis in one of the bags the rock was in so I knew there likely could be more. He was very small though. I never saw any pistols but half hoped that was the 'clicker' in the tank.

Yesterday I brought two healthy clowns home and they are quite happy thus far. But last night as I'm watching, there it is, first time I've seen him, a mantis on the sand at the base of a rock in a little burrow ! I'll get him. I'm not going to lose sleep over him just yet. I picked up two crabs from my rock and he hasn't gotten them yet. The clowns swim high and so they aren't near the entrance to the little killer's burrow.

The trap method I'm going to stick with is the water bottle with top cut and placed in backward. I'm going to bait him with a wafer in the bottle and place it near his burrow. When I first set the tank up I tried this but I didn't know where to place the trap. Now that I've seen him (and I'm hoping he hasn't moved, I have read they are smart devlish buggers) I'm going to place the trap very near his burrow.

I'm hoping if he gets anyone he gets one of my crabs When I saw him last night I could not tell if his appendage was that of a spear or smasher. The way I identified him was his eyes. Nothing like those high set praying mantis like eyes.

It was so odd. I'm kneeling looking in and thinking, is that a mantis ? and then he backed in his burrow. I then took the flashlight and shined in and sure enough, it is a mantis. he backing up further in so I suppose my one problem now may be that he moves on and I have to find him again.

I don't get the feeling he ventures out often if ever. Not sure how he is surviving but I get the feeling he stays in the rock all the time. If I have to I'll pull the base rock this burrow is under. :-(

I read an article in a San Francisco newspaper about how mantis plague the public aquariums out there. We need a natural predator other than the trigger.

By the way, the clowns are everything I hoped for. The camraderie between the two is really cool. I'm liking the clowns big time.
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Old 02-13-2005, 07:31 PM   #5
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first of all, my english is not as good as you guys so .. i can only briefly tell what i did last night.
i put a cup with bait (shrimp). sat the cup like 30 degree angle and put it near to the rock that he might be able to jump or claw in. hoping that once the mantis shrimp get in and won't be able to get out. i was thinking the cup might be too slippery for him to claw out. so... i been waiting and waiting him for more than 1 hours!!! FINALLY!! he somehow jump into the cup BUT!!! only seconds.. he got out! i was so pis......s.....!!! so i set the cup to 45 degree and went to bed. (can't stand it anymore,too sleepy)
the next day i woke up... shrimp in the cup was gone!!
so... please please.. can anyone help?
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Old 02-13-2005, 09:42 PM   #6
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Here's a thought. If you knwo what rock he is hiding in, pull the rock out and put it in a bucket. Then dump some soda water over the rock (or use a spray bottle if you know exactl where he is) and the shrimp will jump out and into whatever container is below the rock. I've heard ppl use this method as a solution.

Another thought would be maybe you could even use a turkey baster (here's a photo since you're english isnt so great photo ) and squirt some soda water into the burrow he's hiding to coax him out. Once you have him out of his hole you could use something like a gravel vac to siphon him out. It could work.
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If you are able to remove the exact rock that you know the mantis is in, you can simply plunge that rock up an down in a bucket of normal tank water. He'll jump out. This will do less damage to other life on the rock than any kind of soda water or FW.

Leesanhua..what you made was an effective crab trap, but it won't work on a mantis because they are good swimmers. Crabs can't swim, so they can't get out.

It is unlikely that the mantis you have is a spearer type. We mostly see smashers. It is also unlikely that your clown fish are in any immediate danger. I would say that crabs, hermit crabs and snails are the most likely prey until your mantis gets larger and bolder.
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Old 02-14-2005, 06:13 PM   #8
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well... when i try to pick of the rock that he is hiding... he moved to another and another. so...
any other method that i can use?
thanks.
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Really...jumping from rock to rock? He's very bold. Normally, they "hole up" when threatened.

Keep trying. You will get him.

If you can't even get him inside a rock, then I would resort to some sort fo commercial mantis trap.
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Old 02-15-2005, 01:51 PM   #10
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I just ordered the X-terminator mantis trap I will let you know how it works when I recieve it. I will also post a product review on it.
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