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Old 11-25-2003, 08:13 PM   #1
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Mantis Shrimp in Coral

Just purchased some Clavularia and in the rock that it was encrusted on is a hole with a Mantis Shrimp. It looks to be about 1-2 inches long. How can I get rid of it?

I see in another topic fresh water dips for LR work. But will that hurt coral?

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Old 11-25-2003, 08:45 PM   #2
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Is there a way of dipping the rock the coral is on without submerging the clove polyps? If so, the coral will survive a few minutes out of water. The coral itself should not be dipped in fresh water.

You could also try purchasing a mantis trap and hope...

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Try carbonated SW at a SG of 1.025, the coral should tolerate it and the mantis will hate it.
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Carbonated SW??? What is it?
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mx up some sw, use carbonated (seltzer) water instead of RO.
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I will have the wife get some at the store. I will report back on Wednesday.

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I didn't get enough to totally submerge the coral so I used a syringe to squirt it in his hole and the darn thing stayed in there! Do I get more seltzer water or is there another trick I can play on him?

Man is he ugly! I think he is only about 1 inch long.
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It's kinda harsh but what about a long metal rod skewer thing and just digging around? Or, depending on rock you could break it with a chisel (carefully of course) at the spot that you saw it and end up with two smaller pieces of coral.


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Got Him!

I pulled out the coral and used a pipe cutter to open up the hole. I pulled him out with a needle nose plyers.

Needless to say, they are ugly. He is dead now.
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