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Old 07-20-2006, 08:02 PM   #1
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Mantis is found

ok last night i finally found the Mantis that i have been looking for ages, i even gave a rock that i thought he was in a fresh water dip and i got nothing, i even pocked and prroded nothing. that night click click, being that the tank is in my bedroom this is really getting me pissed off. So i sat up last night and waited and waited and finally found him
he is only about 1.5 cm long he/she is so small.
So the question is, can the mantis still be a treat to breaking my tank, when it is only that small. surely it cant crack 5mm glass.
The other thing i wouldnt mind knowing is what will eat this mantis cause they are so **** fast, i dont wanna pull out the rock its on cause its got some really nice crabs and other life i dont wanna threaten.
traps are useless and as said i dont wanna kill my crabs.
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Old 07-20-2006, 09:03 PM   #2
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The only thing that i can think of which "might" be able to defeat a mantis shrimp is an octopus. But... an octopus would eat everything in your tank XD

I think your best bet is find out where exact the shrimp is then poke the hole with something sharp to kill it.
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traps are useless and as said i dont wanna kill my crabs.
He will kill them. Some one posted they used a jar, with some food, sitting up or leaned slightly propped up against the rock. He can get in, but not back out. Open part of the jar toward the surface of the tank....
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Old 07-20-2006, 10:42 PM   #4
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Some one posted they used a jar, with some food, sitting up or leaned slightly propped up against the rock. He can get in, but not back out. Open part of the jar toward the surface of the tank....
I thought about that crab trap and i think that won't work. Mantis shrimp can swim, unlike crabs
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Old 07-20-2006, 11:16 PM   #5
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He will kill them.
surely a mantis the size of 1 and half peas isnt going to kill a crab the size of an cd (the middle part where they are clear) its about 4cm+
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lol 2revup, it would be awesome that that huge crab of yours kill the mantis
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lol 2revup, it would be awesome that that huge crab of yours kill the mantis
Not really "awesome", to me anyway.

Does it have to die? Don't some people like to keep them?
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no i am happy to give it a new home if i can catch it, and belive me i dont think it is going to be a very easy task, its so small.
Although i have been hoping that the crab would eat it, but its been months and still nothing. Owh well
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months? then what as your mantis been snacking on?
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It took me months to catch my mantis and even then it was a fluke. When he got quite large he started venturing out into the open. One day as I walking past the tank I saw him there, reached in and managed to pin him down with a rock. I tried to get him out without hurting him...but I couldnt, which was a real shame. Good luck with yours...in the end it will come down to you having some luck one day. I think as they get larger you will start to see him more often and then your chances will improve.
By the way, mine never killed a fish....he ate snails and stuff. Hopefully yours doesnt do too much damage.
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