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Old 02-05-2004, 08:04 PM   #1
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woke up to the sound of a tapping noise

Sounded like a coin being tapped against the side of the glass tank. When lights were on for a few minutes it stopped. Got home a few min ago no tapping yet... Well, the sound I heard did exactly start my day off right I've not been able to eyeball the critter yet, but best guess at this time is Mantis Shrimp.

I have a clown and 2 damsels in the tank, I'm rather attached to them and want the danger out of my tank ASAP...I borrowed a trap this afternoon from LFS.. I will bait and the trap and give it a try, but I've heard you better get the Mantis on first attempt as they generally wont fall for the trap a 2nd time. Does anyone have any other ideas ??? What has worked for you???
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Old 02-05-2004, 08:47 PM   #2
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If you can locate the rock it is in, remove the rock and use carbonated water to mix SW (same SG as tank), put the rock in the cabonated SW and the mantis (along with any other critters on the rock should bail. The fizzing drives them nuts and they leave trying to get away from it.
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How do you "carbonate" the water??

And would it be okay in a 20 long? Like not break the tank or anything?
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Old 02-05-2004, 10:49 PM   #4
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How do you "carbonate" the water??
I would think seltzer or club soda poured into the SW would do the trick. I never tried the carbonated SW cure. I have used the hyper-salinity trick by dipping LR in water with an SG of 1.035 - 1.040.
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I've seen several posts on how to identify mantis shrimp and how do drive them out of rock by the dip.

I have not seen a post on why the mantis shrimp is so bad, could someone elaborate?
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:02 PM   #6
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I have not seen a post on why the mantis shrimp is so bad, could someone elaborate?
Mantis shrimp are carnivores. Meaning they will eat just about anything they can get their little claws around (i.e. shrimp, crabs, fish, etc... are all easy meals). They also can inflict extremely painful and damaging wounds to an unsuspecting hand inside the tank. Those two things coupled with the fact that they can get very large typically means that they are a pest for most people.

With that said, I know of a few people who actually keep them as pets. They have tanks set up just for them. To each their own I guess...

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Could also be the hermits grazing the glass as they move about. It will produce a similar sound. With keys rock though there is a good chance of mantis or pistol shrimp.

Missing any snails? 8O

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Sounds like some nasty little critters. Thanks for the quick response.
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Will they be okay in a 10 gallon? with alot of sand....and live rock?
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Sounds like some nasty little critters. Thanks for the quick response.
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