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Old 01-09-2005, 10:34 PM   #11
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They make really entertaining tank-mates if you're willing to keep them in a tank by themselves. Mine lives in one of those off-the-shelf plastic 5 gallon systems. He comes out for hand feeding and is getting quite large. As he grows, he's turning green-blue and actually becoming quite pretty.
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:37 PM   #12
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I was able to catch one of the mantis that came with my LR.com order. I found an idea for a trap here, made from a 2 liter soda bottle:

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaver...tisShrimp.html

He wound up finding a nice home at the LFS, but his buddy is much more reclusive. I haven't paid much attention to him since he keeps to himself (I caught the one in the picture in a day -- he was MUCH more adventurous and bold), but now that I'm looking to add some more cleaning critters, I want him out.

Anyway, thought I'd share.
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Old 01-09-2005, 11:37 PM   #13
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And here's a close up of the little guy.
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Old 01-11-2005, 02:46 AM   #14
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Ohh...you should have set up a small tank and kept him. He looks like he's going to get really attractive.
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Old 01-11-2005, 08:01 AM   #15
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Yeah, I really wanted to, but I just don't have the space for a second full-time tank. It's tough enough to set up the QT as needed. Oh well.
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Old 01-12-2005, 01:59 AM   #16
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Too bad. Maybe next time. Mine lived for 6 months in a 2.5 gallon tank with no heater and only 1 lump of LR and a PH.

Now, I've moved him to luxury quarters...a 5 gallon that has a hang-on filter AND...a light and a heater! (one of those cheap plastic all-in-one kits for $39...well...I had the heater already). It's about 15" wide x 8" deep.

I'll put his picture in my gallery when I can manage to photograph him.
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Old 01-12-2005, 02:39 AM   #17
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Ok, so i have to wait a while to catch this other one. I was just telling Quarryshark, I wonder how many i have. It's funny, when I was reading this article, I remeber seeing several clouds of dust in my tank 8O . Well I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed that this is the last one. I just got a new batch of snails from online because the first one was so easy to catch and thought I would have caught the other one by now...dumb move .
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Here is a bad pic of mine, he now resides in a nano on my LFS's front counter. Cool little guy.
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Old 01-12-2005, 04:57 PM   #19
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I have caught 4 mantis shrimp in my 75 gallon. they came from my lr order from lr.com. I caught them all with shrimp nets. I think they are eayser to get than damsels!
I am setting up a 5 gallon for them. They have been living picefully in my QT tank so i want to get them a new home!
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Old 01-12-2005, 09:07 PM   #20
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Quarry...you mantis' living quarters make mine look luxurious.
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