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Old 02-02-2005, 03:14 PM   #1
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What the heck is this thing???

I have just purchased 40 lbs of LR from liverocks.com and I found a lot of life on my rocks. Unfortunately, aiptasia was one specimen. This morning I found another critter that kind of freaks me out. It looked like a worm of some sort with several legs. It was about 3 inches long and the girth of about the diameter of a dime almost. It looked predatory but it hid in the rocks before I could get a chance to get it out. Any ideas what this mystery guest might be?

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Old 02-02-2005, 03:19 PM   #2
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My guess without a picture would be a bristle worm. They look like hairy catapillers. Mine are harmless!
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Old 02-02-2005, 03:23 PM   #3
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OK just got another look at him. He looks like some kind of shrimp and is about the size I mentioned before. He hid before I could net him and get him outta there though.
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Old 02-02-2005, 03:31 PM   #4
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Does it look like THIS:



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Old 02-02-2005, 03:36 PM   #5
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I guessed a mantis as well, in the thread in the ID forum.
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Old 02-02-2005, 03:37 PM   #6
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Yes that is what it looks like, but it's not nearly so colorful. What is it???

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30 assorted Snails

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15 lbs. LS
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Old 02-02-2005, 03:38 PM   #7
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OK great, so how do I get rid of these mantis shrimps???

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30 assorted Snails

6G Nano-Reef Tank (Eclipse Six)
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15 lbs. LS
1 Sebae Anemone
Several Purple Mushrooms
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Is the rock in your tank yet? can you pull it out easily?
If so, take the rock he is in, find his hole and spritz a little FW into the hole with a turkey baster. He should come jumping out so be ready.
Oh and don't try and pick him up with your bare hands. A strike from him would hurt.
They are preditors so if you can get him now, all the better.
Also consider setting up a small tank for him. They are interesting as long as they are not in a community tank.
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Old 02-02-2005, 03:44 PM   #9
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**** mantis

I got a couple from my rock from liverocks.com also. I found one before introducing the rock but I know I have at least one more because the popping sound is a nightly ritual with this fellow(s). I'm told it could also be a pistol shrimp but given I found one mantis I'll bet I have another.

I've tried to catch with a inverted pop bottle trap to no avail. I'm told that some of the info around them is a myth and not worry.

I want mine out as the popping annoys me and I don't want the risk.

I still haven't introduced any livestock to my tank but was hoping to do so shortly. I suspect my mantis is very small. The one I found in the bottom of the bag was very, very small.
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Old 02-02-2005, 03:50 PM   #10
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Mine is like 3" long and the girth of a dime around.
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80 lbs. LR
40 lbs. LS
1 Pink Tree Coral
1 Copperband Butterfly
1 Yellow Tang
1 Mandarin Goby
3 Peppermint Shrimp
20 Red-Legged Hermit Crabs
30 assorted Snails

6G Nano-Reef Tank (Eclipse Six)
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10 lbs. LR
15 lbs. LS
1 Sebae Anemone
Several Purple Mushrooms
1 Bright Green Brain Coral
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