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Old 02-06-2003, 04:34 AM   #1
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missing shrimp

I havent seen niether of my harliquins for several days. I'm pretty sure their gone. It has me bummed out, and furious at the same time. I'm almost sure that my pair of Coral banded shrimp turned on them and killed them. So I was wondering, who has the cheapest trap. My plan is to trap them and put them in my 20 gallon tank with my dwarf fuzzy lion. (and no, this isnt a exucution, they are larger that the lion). Every trap I have found has been about 20 bucks. Anyone know of a cheaper one, or a DIY make shift trap? Any help is apprecated.
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Old 02-06-2003, 10:38 AM   #2
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only DIY trap I've seen is taking a piece of PVC pipe and attaching a panty hose to the end. then you wait for the shrimp to go in and slowly pick the trap up. Sorry if its not alot of help but its what I've seen to catch mantis shrimps.

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In the past, if I wanted to catch an invert in my tank, I would use some bait on a small stainless steel wire rod (.063" tig wire works great) to lure it out into the open, and then catch it with a clear plastic box. This also works well with smaller morays (-14") and brittlestars.

From my experience, traps don't work well.
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Old 02-07-2003, 10:11 PM   #4
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Well, I ordered a "X-terminator" shrimp trap today. It is coming from www.transfishsupplies.com. I will leave a review once I recieve my order.

Hopefully I will catch that pair of CB's and successfully transport them to the 20 gallon with the dwarf lion. BTW, they are way to big to fit in the lions mouth.

Hopefully in the future I can then replace my harliquins,and cleaner(s).
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i'm sorry to hear that man those are awesome looking shrimp.
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Greetings.

Micheal, do you have brittle stars in the tank you had your harliquins and cleaners?
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I had a large grey brittle star catching and munching on shrimp. Found them the next morning dead and limbless. I was able to catch and remove the brittle star. No problems since.
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I asked Micheal because of that. A few days ago I fed my tank and the grey brittle star and fire shrimp go nuts when there is food. My fire shrimp cross the same path of the star's tentacles and the brittle had a very expensive dinner that day.

I also have a red serpent star and so far it has eaten a monkey shrimp that I had and God knows what else.

I placed them both on a 29gal that I had set up but had no fish or anything yet.
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No brittle stars in my tank. Thanks for the concern. However I would not suspect a star fish considering that Harliquin shrimp are predators to all starfish.
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well, unfortunatly I wont be getting the pair of CBS out any time soon. The x terminator trap is a very small trap. My CBS wont fit in it . NOw I have to order another. Any recommendations?
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