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Old 10-25-2012, 05:14 AM   #1
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Mantis Shrimp!?!??

Hey all. Over the past couple of weeks I've noticed that there is something living inside on of my rocks in a hole. Over the past week I have been finding piles of dust right next to the little opening and a couple of my snails died over night. So today I asked my lfs what it could be and he was almost 100% sure it was a mantis shrimp. Now he told me remove the rock and smash it with a hammer to remove him but there is a coral attached to this rock I can't remove and don't really want to smash it. Is there any other way to get him out of his hiding hole? And should I just flush this thing? I really have no idea what to expect lol. Any ideas?
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:07 AM   #2
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Don't flush it. They are way to cool to just flush it. As far as getting it out I hope someone else chimes in.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:44 AM   #3
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I've heard that you can put a glass in the sand, tilted a little bit with a piece of shrimp or seafood of some type in the bottom. Hopefully he'll crawl in for the food and it'll be too slippery for him to crawl out. Then you can remove the glass and take it back to the LFS and they can sell it to someone who actually wants one. Good luck!!
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If I happen to find out it I was the proud new owner of a free mantis shrimp. The last thing I would do would be to trap it and take it to the lfs. No way!! I'd keep him and name him George.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:02 AM   #5
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Take the rock out if possible and clean out the holes with weedeater line,fishing line or something of the sort to flush him out then name him George!
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:02 AM   #6
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If I happen to find out it I was the proud new owner of a free mantis shrimp. The last thing I would do would be to trap it and take it to the lfs. No way!! I'd keep him and name him George.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:12 PM   #7
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Cool thanks guys. I've called 2 lfs in my area and neither of them want it and I'm scared if I put it in qt it may decided to try punching some glass. So at a loss with what to do with it. What sort of tank do I need to keep him? I think I'll try the glass thing beengirl suggested and see how it goes, but hes been in there a couple of months and I've realized he has a lot of holes and caves made and I've still not even seen him. This could be interesting lol!
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Oh and if I catch him alive ill name him George, no worried there
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Oh and if I catch him alive ill name him George, no worried there
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:09 PM   #10
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Mantis shrimps are very stubborn about leaving their rock. I tried to get one out before doing a FW dip, hypo salinity dip. In the end i just put the rock outside and let it dry out. Still never saw it after. Ive read threads where people claimed that squirting soda in the rock worked.
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