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Old 02-23-2005, 08:14 PM   #1
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mantis !

ok, I'm hoping the exclimation mark will grab your attention...

I'm looking for a peacock mantis, or really any mantis that will not kill me instantly (ie: something a tad small), but I have yet to find a LFS around here that has any. I ask them and they give me a snooty "why would you want one of them" and then say they do not sell mantis' but rather they kill them whenever they find them in their shipments of LR..

so anyways, sorry about my endless ranting, but I really want a mantis shrimp for my 5 gallon sw tank that I've had setup for a month now thats just going to be a mantis only tank...

ok, stop that ranting again... so is there a website that has mantis' besides www.saltwaterfish.com (or whatever it was) or does anyone in the SoCal area know of a LFS with them ?

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Old 02-23-2005, 08:43 PM   #2
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A very helpful site is www.grimreefers.com .
The site is dedicated to mostly SW predators
Even has some cool mantis vids you can download.

Just my 2 cents, but I think that a 5 Gal is gonna be a too small.
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Old 02-23-2005, 09:05 PM   #3
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you think ? I thought a 5 gallon would be fine for awhile for a mantis.. maybe I'll rethink my decision

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I just purchased a fish store a few months ago and have been talking to my sw distributors about fish inverts and etc. They are telling me that they can get me mantis shrimp a few times a month from common to very rare. Let me know we might be able to work something out.
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Old 02-25-2005, 09:15 AM   #5
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Re: mantis !

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is there a website that has mantis'
http://www.thatpetplace.com sells them.
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Old 02-25-2005, 09:41 AM   #6
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Liveaquaria.com is selling a Clown Mantis for $39.99
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...fm?pCatId=1702
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I have a peacock mantis that is about an inch (give or take) long that came with my new rock. He has already eaten another brownish smaller mantis (assuming eaten - he is no longer viewable in my fuge). He is really nicely colored and is like a brown to charcoal black with blue on the tail and red/orange on the eyes and head. I sat there and watched him eat a few pods that were swimming in my refugium last night.... and I don't have many of those to spare - or at least that I see. I may sell for like 25.00 plus the cost of shipping...
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I would not buy a mantis
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Old 02-27-2005, 01:32 AM   #9
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I would not buy a mantis
If you can't get one for free...how else do you propose he obtain one?

They are great pets....it is just that they are incompatible with keeping most other things in the same aquarium.

Mine has lived now for nearly 1 year in a 5 gallon. He's no more than 2 inches, but I don't know how large he may get. What surprises me is that I already know that I would invest in a larger tank to keep him if necessary....he's that enjoyable.
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