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Old 02-01-2005, 06:17 PM   #1
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Victory is mine! - ha ha ha

After 8 months or so, I finally got off my *** and went after the final (I hope) mantis shrimp after witnessing him devour a snail just 10 seconds after I put it in the tank:

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So now what to do with him? I'd like a smaller mantis tank, but I really don't have the space or time for it (he's in QT right now). Any takers before offering him to the LFS? I'm in MD.

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Old 02-01-2005, 06:19 PM   #2
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:20 PM   #3
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:29 PM   #4
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I'll be along 270 on Sat and could take your manits. Anywhere close to there? I had plan to check out some lfs down that way. Tropcal Fish World, Aquatic Creations and Roozen Nursery.
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hey i live in DC and would love to have him if fluff doesn't want it. I am in NW near silver spring.
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How did you catch him? With the trap or pulling the rock?
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1 cleaner shrimp, Coral Banded Shrimp, lettuce nudibranch, 1 sand sifter stars, 1 tiny red brittle star "red", 1 tiny red and white banded serpent star, 2 tiny banded serpent stars, small orange Linkia starfish, assorted hermits and snails. Corals: star polyps, A ton of different types of mushrooms, yellow zooanthids, brown-orangish and light blue paly's, orange ricordia.

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Old 02-03-2005, 11:31 PM   #7
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Sorry I didn't answer back right away.

Fluff: Saturday is tough. I'm actually closer to the Annapolis side of MD (not sure what I was thinking when I said "near DC" -- sorry), so the 270-ish area is quite a hike. Do you ever get to House of Tropicals in Glen Burnie? They refused to take him, but I might be able to have them hold him for you to pick up -- although that's quite a way distance for you, then. Then again, the manager did say he didn't want to introduce it to his system (so maybe not). Let me know what you think.

clowninround: I caught this one with a net. I've got 120# LR in a 55, so the 'scaping is pretty tall. Of course, the little bugger was under the bottom rock, so I had to take out quite a bit just to get to it. Anyway, he wasn't as skittish as I thought he'd be. I lifted the rock, and he only scooted a little bit to the edge of the tank where I cornered him with the net. I caught the first one back in July with a home made trap (see pic).

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its a shame they are such a pain... they are really quite pretty creatures.
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I wonder what one of those could do to your hand if you tried to grab it.
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i've only seen them in tanks alone -- maybe a separate tank?
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