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Old 02-02-2005, 10:42 PM   #1
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Why do mantises make the popping sound?

Just curious?
Also what the best way to get them off LR(safely) before you add it to your tank?
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Old 02-02-2005, 10:51 PM   #2
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The snapping is either them chipping away at the rock to make their homes bigger or it could be them smashing snail/crab shells. I heard of people having luck with dipping the rock in carbonated salt water. That or if you know what hole the mantis is hiding in, you could try flushing it out with a syringe and fw.
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If you put them in a bare tank they still make that noise. I personally think that the noise is caused by the actual clicking of the claws, Hence pistol's make one click, and mantis's make two clicks.
As for getting rid of them, I have no Idea.
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I want to add some don't click at all. I had one living in my tank for two years and never knew he was there til he got brazen one day and came out in the open. Never heard him pop at all til I tried to remove him. They will pop when they are aggravated. LOL
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I recall the carbonated SW dip......I think that might mean using alot of salt and Carbonated water!!!!!
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I recall the carbonated SW dip......I think that might mean using alot of salt and Carbonated water!!!!!
Actually, its carbonated water mixed to normal SPG with salt mix. Its the carbonation that chases them out.
make sure it is unsweetened.
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I also want to add that pistol can have the "2 snap". I have one that has both claws the same size. I've seen him snap with both. Ofcourse, he may be a mutant....
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So do I use 5 gal of Carb. water with the proper SG or mix 1 part carb. water to 3 parts RO water with the proper SG?
also do I just grab the mantis or use tongs,gloves?
and finally, Really how bad would a mantis hurt you!
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Depending on the size....he could split you finger open. It also depends if it's a clubber or a slasher. Clubbers have large palps for front legs and slashers have barbed looking legs. Hard to tell the difference when they're small and so darned fast! I wouldn't grab one with my hands though no matter how small.

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So do I use 5 gal of Carb. water with the proper SG
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do I just grab the mantis or use tongs,gloves?
Like fireman26m stated, if big enough, they can get you. I would use gloves or a container.
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It also depends if it's a clubber or a slasher.
actually its smashers or spearers. What we get on rock is 99% of the time smashers. Spearers tend to live more in the sand, unlikely to get one of them.
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