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Old 04-21-2011, 02:26 AM   #1
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Mantis Shrimp

Is there no type of mantis you can keep with your fish.
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:12 AM   #2
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I have no idea but there is a video on YouTube of a guy actually picking up a zebra mantis with his bare hands maybe their more chill? Idk to be honest but it looks tight
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I have no idea but there is a video on YouTube of a guy actually picking up a zebra mantis with his bare hands maybe their more chill? Idk to be honest but it looks tight
i watched that video the other day lol
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I have no idea but there is a video on YouTube of a guy actually picking up a zebra mantis with his bare hands maybe their more chill? Idk to be honest but it looks tight
What is the name if the video?
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YouTube - Holding a huge mantis shrimp
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I wonder what pet store he is at I saw a price marking on the tank.
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If any I would definintely not keep a spearer, which is what is in the video above. Those would be the ones that could more likely kill your fish.

But they're kept in species only tanks because they'll kill any inverts you have in there, except maybe snails. I've seen them kill anything from emerald crabs to CBS to urchins. Plus they're just awesome on their own, you should see how much decorating of their own they can do if you give them the pieces!
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If any I would definintely not keep a spearer, which is what is in the video above. Those would be the ones that could more likely kill your fish.

But they're kept in species only tanks because they'll kill any inverts you have in there, except maybe snails. I've seen them kill anything from emerald crabs to CBS to urchins. Plus they're just awesome on their own, you should see how much decorating of their own they can do if you give them the pieces!
About how much do they cost.
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I've been doing a lot of research about these guys because I'm thinking about getting a species only tank for one. From what I've read, nothing is really safe from these guys.

The spearers will most certainly kill a fish, unless you have a very large fish. But then you might have to worry about the mantis becoming the prey.

As far as smashers go, I've read about people keeping fish with them for awhile, but it's still risky. If the smasher gets hunger, watch out fish.
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The people I know that have kept mantis shrimp they are in a species only tank. The do get to know the people that feed them and will actually beg for food and allow them to be touched. I really think a peacock mantis is the prettiest one I have seen.

As far as cost it depends a lot of people don't want them when they come in on the rock and will give them away. The common green one that I saw for sale was $15 at a LFS it was actually caught in the rock tank.
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