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Old 11-23-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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Mantis Shrimp

Okay so one of my buddies is wanting a mantis shrimp and a reef tank.. Is this possible in one tank? Live aquaria says no but there are a lot of videos online that show mantis shrimp in a reef tank!?
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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They are fine with corals, just no other inverts like shrimp, crabs, snails, etc. The mantis will kill them.
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:59 PM   #3
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Won't they kill fish too?
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:01 PM   #4
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They are fine with corals, just no other inverts like shrimp, crabs, snails, etc. The mantis will kill them.
Thanks.. What about an urchin??
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Oh yeah no fish either lol. Forgot that's not a given. Idk about an urchin.
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If it isn't a coral the mantis will go after it. TBH, I wouldn't put anything other than softies with a mantis. Sloppy eaters, just like eels, make keeping pristine water difficult. I also believe mantis don't like a strong flow that sps need anyway.
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If it isn't a coral the mantis will go after it. TBH, I wouldn't put anything other than softies with a mantis. Sloppy eaters, just like eels, make keeping pristine water difficult. I also believe mantis don't like a strong flow that sps need anyway.
Good to know, thanks!
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:11 PM   #8
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A friend of mine bought one and put it in a Critter Keeper in his big reef tank. Smashed the plastic and walked out. Lost loads of stuff. Don't actually know if this is true, but there are rumors that they'll crack glass.
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I would not keep one in a reef tank because you will always have your hands in your reef tank for one reason or another, and this won't be as easy with a creature like this lurking around.
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They are worth having in their own tank, they are remarkable creatures.
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