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Old 12-31-2012, 06:22 PM   #1
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Mantis Shrimp

Soon i will be setting up my 10-20gal mantis shrimp tank, i wanted to start this thread to anyone who has experience with any type of mantis. I still am undecided on what species i want in the tank. Post pics, tell stories, i want to hear from you guys.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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There's a really cool peacock mantis build on here somewhere. I will try to search the user for you! I saw one at the LFS for $90 a peacock mantis shrimp. Not sure if my spare 10g would be sufficient. He was caged in a 3 g smaller tank within a tank at the store
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:31 PM   #3
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Here you go : Tim's 40 Breeder MOWLR build
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Right now im leaning towards a 10gal but i want a peacock so im stumped, i defiantly want a smasher not a spearer, is there a smasher that is colorful i can keep in a 10???
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:18 PM   #5
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I'm not sure. I know the peacock mantis is a smasher though.
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I have no idea about the smasher/speared thing, but I just wanted to say that I've never really understood the mantis fascination. Then I saw a video the other day of one breaking into a clam. I kinda get it now. I had only ever seen pics, and they're kinda creepy looking, and then add in the fact that thy kill EVERYTHING. Lol. But seein it move around in the video and drag the clam into it's burrow after banging at it was kinda cool.
So, rock on mantis fans!!
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Just be careful because 10 and 20 gallon aquariums are made of thin enough glass where the mantis shrimp can break it. I've heard of it happening before, but it's probably rare. Safer to go with acrylic though...
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Just be careful because 10 and 20 gallon aquariums are made of thin enough glass where the mantis shrimp can break it. I've heard of it happening before, but it's probably rare. Safer to go with acrylic though...
So rare its actually never been documented. This myth has been perpetuated over the years by the fact that a mantis strike is as fast as a .22 caliber bullet.

There is actually no evidence that a mantis can or has cracked/broken aquarium glass. Most mantis owners i know use glass tanks, no problems.
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The smashers are really cool looking. I watched a thing on animal planet about them which was amazing. I think they are fascinating and beautiful. They have amazing eye sight too. It was breaking down how fast they could smash and had a camera that would slow it down enough so they could see the full movement of them smashing. Forgot what the show was called but it was interesting. I wish you luck in finding everything you need!
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So rare its actually never been documented. This myth has been perpetuated over the years by the fact that a mantis strike is as fast as a .22 caliber bullet.

There is actually no evidence that a mantis can or has cracked/broken aquarium glass. Most mantis owners i know use glass tanks, no problems.
I totally agree. Its fun watching people get all worked up over this topic but in reality its probably just a myth, and if it has actually happened its probably only happened once or twice. What makes me think it woul be really hard for a mantis to crack a glass wall of a tank is that fact that its a wall. Its smashers are more powerful if they hit something inbetween the two of them like a crab or shrimp. A mantis would not have a good angle on a glass wall so i dont think it would be possible.
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