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Old 08-22-2004, 11:20 AM   #1
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mantis dilema/got him (update)

Some of you may remember a while back, I posted about a large mantis. I eventually ended up dipping all 150lbs of rock trying to remove the bugger. No luck. I've since lost (over the course of two months) my sebae anemone (due to stress I guess of being moved around to much. I'd had this anemone for 1.5 years), a false perc clown, a watchman gobie and a royal gamma. I know the mantis didn't kill the anemone but he's indirectly responsible
Anyway, I've located the mantis again and actually managed to get that rock out of the tank. I know he's in there this time cause I could see him after the rock was out. The problem is, it's a star polyp rock. I know this got long winded but is there any way to get this guy out without killing it or my star polyps? I tried shooting fresh water and hypo water into the hole and all that managed to do was make him mad. He was shooting out pieces of rock and shell at me. Any help is appreciated. TIA
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Old 08-22-2004, 01:23 PM   #2
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Maybe bait him out with some meaty food?
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Old 08-22-2004, 02:49 PM   #3
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Tried that. He's not going for it. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Depending on how much you hate the Mantis you could stick something sharp in the hole and skewer it.
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Old 08-22-2004, 03:28 PM   #5
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I don't actually hate him. He's doing what he needs to to survive, even though he's tallying up quite a dinner bill. The tunnel he's in turns so I wouldn't know how to skewer him if I wanted to. When I pulled the rock out I could see him. When I looked again, he was gone so I don't know how many turns his tunnel makes. I'd actually thought about trying to break the rock.
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Old 08-22-2004, 03:47 PM   #6
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I am afraid a hypo dip would be too hard on the polys. Do you have a QT? If so, put in in there and you might get lucky and catch him out of his hole. With no food for a few days you may be able to bait it out. Good luck...Lando
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Get some Agrocrete and seal up the hole ala Edgar Allen Poe.
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Old 08-22-2004, 04:29 PM   #8
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Lando, I'm considering setting up another tank. I don't have a QT set up right now.

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Maybe just take the rock out of water and let it sit for a few minutes. He may scurry out. Not sure how tough this would be on the corals.....I'm not a coral guy.
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I personally would give the dip a try.. those star polyps are pretty hardy.
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