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Old 05-22-2005, 10:07 PM   #1
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Tonight our eyes met.... and I did not like what I saw

Since adding live rock to my 55 gal a little over 2 weeks ago, I have had a clicking sound in my tank. It was just once and a while. I remembered seeing a small reddish brown shrimp and had been hoping it was a pistol shrimp.

Today I saw the "shrimp in question" between a couple of rocks towards the top of the tank. It was in fact a mantis shrimp. Small, about 1 - 1.25" long. I grabbed the net and went after it. I tried to get it out, but was not able to find it again once I started pulling out rocks.

Time to start setting traps. I'd like to catch it and keep it in a small tank.
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Old 05-22-2005, 10:09 PM   #2
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Good luck with catching it. Man I had to catch a crab on time I didn't sleep for 3 nights LOL.
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Old 05-22-2005, 10:29 PM   #3
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Thanks!!

I think I remember reading your posts. Didnt you make a thread titled "we have crabs" or something like that, then about a week later post about trying to catch the little fellow?
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1 Large Turbo Snail
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Old 05-31-2005, 02:04 PM   #4
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UPDATE: Today I saw the mantis eating a piece of shrimp I had left in a trap. It quickly jumped out of the trap, but then it watched me. When I went after it with the net, I watched it hide in a rock. The rock is now out in a bucket with salt water from the tank, heater and power head.

I tried to fluch it out with fresh water, but that did not work.
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Old 05-31-2005, 02:59 PM   #5
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what kind of trap did you set, try the coke bottle trap, cut the pointed end off the bottle and flip it around so it creates a funnel into the bottle, not out of the bottle. Secure the top with a shrimp inside it. HTH
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Old 05-31-2005, 03:04 PM   #6
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I used the tall shot method, but my overly agressive Emerald Crab knocked it over.
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Yeah, I used a regular 710mL Ozarka bottle to catch numerous Damsels. Just filled it with tank water, dropped a cube inside, and set it on the bottom.

Hopefully your convict is still in the rock in the bucket.
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yeah, if you use the bottle method it will be 100 times harder for him to get out.
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Hmm why does everyone buy LR from liverock.com if all you see is critters that are unwanted? For the price you can buy the LR cheaper in other places without the hassle of unwantd critters?
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Hmm why does everyone buy LR from liverock.com if all you see is critters that are unwanted? For the price you can buy the LR cheaper in other places without the hassle of unwantd critters?
Who says it's unwanted??

I want it, just not in this tank. I have a nice little 10 gal that it would be happy in.
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1 Large Turbo Snail
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