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Old 05-24-2006, 10:25 PM   #1
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New Mantis - and high specific gravity

Just got a new peacock mantis shrimp, and during acclimation I checked his water from my lfs and it's testing at a SG of 1.032. That seems a tad bit high, eh? The tank where he is going is 1.023. So, I guess he'll be acclimating for a while.

Would you say 1.032 is a little ridiculously high, especially from a lfs?

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Old 05-24-2006, 10:33 PM   #2
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I would say that is too high...
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:33 PM   #3
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yes thats vary high i would be concernd about trying to aclimate it all at once
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:35 PM   #4
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Yeah, I hear you. I'm concerned. It was also very expensive. It's a mantis, so pretty hardy. I'm hoping it'll be okay. I'm just going to do a drip I guess and hope for the best. Any other suggestions? What else can I really do?
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Old 05-24-2006, 11:14 PM   #5
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Not much you can do. Sounds like you know what to do with the drip and all. From what I have read, most shrimp don't do too well at ultra high SG, or temps. However, it is a mantis. I had one arrive on 'cured' live rock a couple of years ago. I took a very determined bluelined grouper a month or two to get him, but not before he tore up a bunch of smaller fish and ate them. The only time you saw him was in the middle of the night, and even then he would dart back into the 150 lbs of LR quick. Hope you can see yours, they are very pretty shrimp.

I would be very careful about buying anything else from this LFS. I have heard of dropping SG to 1.20 or less for good reasons, but never of raising it that high for any reason, except for dipping LR during the cleaning process. Sounds like someone is kinda clueless at this place.

I wonder - all these places that 'pre-cure' the LR before they ship it to you, you would think that they would have a bunch of these guys and they would be cheap. I wonder why not?
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Old 05-25-2006, 12:48 AM   #6
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Yeah, I'm a little nervous. It's a very cool looking shrimp and a monster at almost 6". I hope he makes it.

Right now he's in the tank. He's sort of just sitting in a corner...not trying to hide and not moving. I'm sure he's super stressed so I'm just going to hope for the best and see if he's still with us in the morning.

in the meantime here's his first shot...

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aww hes so cute
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Well, the acclimation does not appear to be successful. I don't know if I just didn't notice yesterday but he's missing a smasher. He appears to be dragging the other smasher. I could be crazy, but I want to say some other appendages seem to be missing too.

Needless to say, he's in pretty bad shape. I acclimated him for 4 hours but at a sg drop of almost .10 in 4 hours, that's still pretty stressful.

I'm pretty upset at the lfs. I just contacted them and was told 'no refunds on saltwater fish'. An angry call to the manager will be made at 4. Funny because in this day and age, I just knew that would be the answer even before I picked up the phone. The conversation should have been "1.032 sg??? Missing smasher???? Sorry, bring him back for a refund."

Poor little guy.

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New Mantis - and high specific gravity

I believe .1 change in SG is 100x of a change to the poor critters.

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.01 is 10x
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Yea...cute untill you lose a finger...lol
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