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Old 08-02-2005, 08:16 PM   #1
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Mantis Shrimp compatibility

Hi everyone. I am planning on starting a ~30 Sw tank and was wondering what sort of limitations I would have if I was to include a mantis shrimp into my tank. Does he hunt other inverts or do any damage to anything in the tank? I would like to add some coral, maybe an anemone, other shrimp, hermits, and a few fish.
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Old 08-02-2005, 08:21 PM   #2
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Depending on the type of mantis it could kill everything or nothing.
I have a 3" manits in my 20 fuge with 2 fish and some crabs and snails and a pepperment shrimp and he has been good for 4 months now.
My friend had one that was about 6-7" and it was a killer.. anything put in the tank was mantis food.
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Old 08-02-2005, 08:27 PM   #3
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how big do mantis shrimp get? Are there smal mantis shrimp that I coulk keep alone in a small nano? I'd like to have one in this tank, but don't want to take any risks.
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Old 08-02-2005, 08:33 PM   #4
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I dont know how many kinds there are... there are a few that I have seen. I have seen one about 9" long and it tried to get me throught the glass tank, I thought it was going to break the tank it hit the side of the tank so hard.
my frined has one in a 10 and it is doing well... they dont do much.. I only see mine once a month or so...
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My mantis is green, came in with Florida LR, and has grown to about 2". He hasn't grown much in over a year, so I'm thinking that is as large as he is going to get.

Nevertheless, he attacked a new fish even though the fish was nearly twice his size.
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and yes, mantis shrimp CAN break the glass
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Old 08-05-2005, 05:59 PM   #7
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the peacock mantis is one of the manits that get large...
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My mantis is green, came in with Florida LR, and has grown to about 2". He hasn't grown much in over a year, so I'm thinking that is as large as he is going to get.
You better get that mantis out of there I once got my thumb split by a green mantis that was less than five inches.
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