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Old 01-30-2004, 06:32 PM   #1
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sneaky mantis shrimp

Well, after i got my rock, i dipped all of it in seltzer water for a few minutes. Well, I thought this got everything until my wife goes, "whats that thing staring at me" It was a mantis. I think he looked at me, snickered to himself and then went into another hole in the rock. He had big beaty eyes and he was quite dark. Arms folded underneath him. He's about 1.25 inches long, so i'm hoping he doesn't cause any problems.


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Old 01-30-2004, 06:40 PM   #2
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I got one also. same thing very dark. but i let the rock just sit for 20 min and he came out. now i have him isolated in a seperat container. mine is a baby 1" or so. I hope he was the only one.

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Old 01-30-2004, 07:17 PM   #3
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they are way to cool and worth setting up a small tank for them imo
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Old 01-30-2004, 07:35 PM   #4
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Are mantis really this googily looking? :P





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Old 02-01-2004, 06:01 AM   #5
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I discovered the first one after losing $200 worth of fish. I caught him and then disposedon him quickly. I later found out that there were actually 2 of the bastards. I found out the hard way when my 65 started leaking. They are truly eavil creatures.
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How do you get them into your tank? I dont want to that's why I am asking
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they're hitch hikers
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Well, I dipped every stinking (literally) piece of the 90lbs I got in RO and got probably close to 10 or more pistol shrimp. They are now in a 10 Gal that sounds like a bowl of rice crispies. I didn't find one mantis. I am almost dissapointed as I wanted to set em up in a lil' nano all thier own. Even thought about building them one. But alas, I occasionally here the "pop pop" out of the display. I hope it is just more pistols I missed. I'd hate to try and catch one now.
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I am almost dissapointed as I wanted to set em up in a lil' nano all thier own.

If this guy i know dosn't contact me soon and tell me to send the mantis, I'll let you have mine. he is tiny, dark, and VERY observant.

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cookiemn, how big was the mantis you had in your tank that made it leak?
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