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Old 01-06-2014, 03:07 AM   #1
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Snapping Shrimp

So I've had my tank set up for two months and I just put livestock in it a few days ago. I got a black clown, peppermint shrimp, and an emerald crab. I haven't fed the tank for the past two months.

Today I drop some sinking pellets in that land next to a hole in the live rock and this pink and purple lobster looking thing comes out and grabs some pellets. Scared the crap out of me.

Them I couldn't find the pep shrimp and I thought it ate him or it was him...but I finally found him hiding.

So I have a hitch hiker shrimp? The closest thing I could find that looked like it was a Japanese snapping shrimp on live aquaria. Any ideas what this could be? My rock is from Indonesia.
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:15 AM   #2
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google mantis shrimp.... does it look like that?
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:17 AM   #3
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Pics would be helpful. But a hitch hiker shrimp does occur from time to time. Did it look like a mantis shrimp? Those tend to hitch hike more often than not.
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No. I know what a mantis shrimp looks like. This looks like a pink and purple smooth pistol shrimp. It's not bumpy like a lobster.
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Ah, nice. What a score.
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:20 AM   #6
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It's too quick to take pics. It only came out twice to get the pellets. It almost looked translucent. I thought it might be the Japanese snapping shrimp because that was the closest thing I could find to it.
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It's weird because it lives up above on a high rock, but I did notice tunnels on the bottom too. It has never come out like you can see a pistol shrimp digging. So weird.

I wanted to get a pistol/goby combo. You think I still can, or will they fight...?
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:26 AM   #8
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I would try to get an ID on that shrimp. Not all shrimps pair up with gobies.
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I want to buy them paired up at the store. I'm just worried this shrimp will get jealous.
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Old 01-06-2014, 03:30 AM   #10
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They don't have to pair up at the store. you can purchase them separately if you'd like. Pistols and gobies pair up rather quickly in a tank.
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