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Old 06-21-2004, 10:06 PM   #11
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I also think but it is not confirmed that I might have a mantis shrimp
I can almost guarantee you have mantis, I had 2 in the bottom of the box when I took the rock out and I saw several more that scurried into holes before I could get to them. (I have gulf rock for lr.com too)

Ive only had my rock for 3 days and I find new life every time I look in the tank. Most of which I have no idea what is. If it only gets better with time I dont think I will be able to contain myself.
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Old 06-21-2004, 10:49 PM   #12
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When I put my rock in I saw something that looked like a shrimp tail or maybe a little tiny lobster tail and thought COOL another live thingy Awsome,I was so happy!!!! Then I read an article about mantis shrimp what they are what they look like and what a pain they are. Then I wasnt so happy about the cool little live thingy I saw on the rock. Knowledge is a powerful thing. I could have gotten that sucker then. I have yet to see him but my crab has lost 2 claws and 2 legs. now I wondered if this was molting or an a$$ kicking?
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My live rocks must be in mid air right now?
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Old 06-21-2004, 11:14 PM   #14
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My live rocks must be in mid air right now?

Yep. And are you gonna be happy, (at least I have been twice and fixing to order again).
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Old 06-22-2004, 02:02 PM   #15
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Ok I got my 40# more of live rock from live rocks.com, they look great!
After I put the last rock in the tank i looked at the bottom of the bag and there where 2 brittle stars so I am very happy with that, also a mantis shrimp running around the bottom he now has a new home in the toilet glad he wasnt in the rocks.
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he now has a new home in the toilet
Make sure to keep an eye out for him everytime you "visit".
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Coulda at least Tempura'd him up?
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Caught my mantis the other day. He made a mistake by jumping into a smaller rock. I had that rock out of there is 2 seconds!

I took the rock and put it in a bucket. I quickly drained some tank water out of the aquarium to a depth enough to cover the rock. Then, I just lifted the rock out of the water, then back in, then out, then in...after about 3 tries, he jumped for it!

Some sort of worm also made a break for it, but he went back in with the water.

The mantis is now living in a measuring cup beside the aquarium. He won't last long in there, but I don't have the heart to kill him. I've got a little 5 gallon which I may try to work into the system, but I don't think he'll make it to then.
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I've spent many hours looking at the rock for LR.com. The longer you look, the more you'll see.

I recently had a friend over to look at the tank. He spend an hour or so fascinated by stuff before he realized..."hey, you've only got 2 fish in here!"
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