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Old 03-15-2005, 07:42 PM   #1
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Victory!!! (Hunting the Mantis)

I caught the mantis shrimp that's been terrorizing my tank. He hid in a tunnel in my live rock that had only two entrances. Unfortunately it was the biggest piece, and under a couple of other pieces, but once I cleared the path I was able to pull the whole thing out and get it into a bucket of salt water.

With both hands full I had to figure a way to chase him out, and pouring my RO water out of it's container wasn't an option. The best thing I could come up with was to stick my fish net under one end while running tap water through the other. I was rewarded with the satisfying sight of the shrimp dropping out of the rock and into my net. Quickly putting my live rock back into the bucket of salt water, I then had both hands to transfer the Mantis shrimp into a mason jar filled with salt water. The jar's now inside a styrofoam container in case he's able to break glass.

As for the live rock--what should I do with it now? Will the exposure to tap water make it a hazard to my tank (i.e. can I just put it back?) Also- I'm going to call my lfs to see if they want it, but if they don't are there any suggestions on what I should do with this thing? I had planned on squashing it, but it is a facinating little creature.
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Old 03-15-2005, 07:45 PM   #2
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they're actually pretty good bait for larger fish. go fishing?
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Old 03-15-2005, 07:47 PM   #3
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I put my rock right back into my 120 and didn't notice any ill effects. I had gone so far as to pour boiling tap over an aptasia and apart from some die off on the rock, my tank didn't suffer a noticable spike. It was probably 5 of 140# of rock at the time though.
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Old 03-15-2005, 07:48 PM   #4
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That would be poetic 8)

unfortunatley I don't fish
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1 Purple Tang
2 PJ Cardinals
1 Lawnmower Blenny
1 Sea Hare (a short lived species)
1 Cleaner Shrimp
1 Pencil Urchin
1 Sand Sifter Star
Assorted hermit crabs & snails
Button Polyps
Green Mushroom coral
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Old 03-15-2005, 07:49 PM   #5
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Phyl- thanks for the info, I'll go put the rock back in
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1 Purple Tang
2 PJ Cardinals
1 Lawnmower Blenny
1 Sea Hare (a short lived species)
1 Cleaner Shrimp
1 Pencil Urchin
1 Sand Sifter Star
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Button Polyps
Green Mushroom coral
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Old 03-15-2005, 07:50 PM   #6
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Sell it, on Reef Central their are guys willing to pay good money for them, or trade it for frags with a fish store.
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Old 03-15-2005, 07:51 PM   #7
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Put the rock back in and I almost forgot, Congratulations on the nice catch.
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Old 03-15-2005, 10:25 PM   #8
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1 Cleaner Shrimp
1 Pencil Urchin
1 Sand Sifter Star
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SpiffyCat where did you get your lr from. just wondering.
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