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Old 10-12-2005, 05:24 PM   #1
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Mantis shrimp make good pets

I have a mantis in my refugium for around 3 months now. He is crimson red which I thought was different. I feed him a piece of shrimp etc with a dial rod. He use to be "mean" and come out and attack the dial rod. I would have dents in it were he would smash it. Well over time he has figured out the dial rod is his friend. Any time I mess in the refugium he comes out to see what is going on. He comes out and now and grabs the rod and walks up and down the stick looking for his snack. I am thinking of putting him in a small tank by himself so I can see him better. For a shrimp he has a neat personality. Anyone have experience like this with a mantis?
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Old 10-12-2005, 05:33 PM   #2
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Mine hides all the time and I don't enev know if it is still alive.
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I had a six-inch Peacock Mantis for about 6 months. Be sure to give it some rubble or a coffee mug to hide in, also keep up with water changes. Besides that, keep an eye out when working on the tank. They don't call them thumbsplitters for nothing...
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I think they are pretty cool, peacock mantises, but too bad they get pretty big and can even break your tank if its not thick enough..... this guy at a pet store picked up a piece of lr and a mantis crawled out and he was like omg and was like how about a different piece huh? lol
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Old 10-12-2005, 05:55 PM   #5
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Are red ones common? All the others I have seen are greyish green.
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I see red Mantis every once in a while, I don't think they're that particularly rare.
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Old 10-13-2005, 03:10 AM   #7
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I used to do research on mantis shrimp in college. Great animals, but don't expect much to live with them. Had a two incher that would bang away day and night digging tunnels into rocks and eventually would stick its head out the new hole. Would attack anything though. Our research tanks (for the bigger ones) would have to have plastic tubes around the heaters. The shrimp would attack the pilot light; several heaters broke and electrocuted the shrimp. Pretty violent to see them attack a live crab.
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Geez, I'm gonna have shrimp nightmares... lol
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lots of folks have separate little homes for mantis shrimp. But they do need their own place. You could set up something small and plumb it in with the sump of your main so you don't have to duplicate hardware etc and still have the benefit of a large water volume. And as mentioned above, be very careful when sticking your hand in that tank 8O
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I kept a red one in a 10 gallon for about a month. Could not talk to wife into keeping another permanent tank so I took him to my LFS where he resided for a long time in a nano on their counter.
Interesting little creature. Was hard to catch, very intelligent.
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