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Old 04-02-2008, 01:54 PM   #11
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Arent they commonly considered pests? Won't they kill everything in your tank?
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and...i dont think you want to put mantis shrimp with anything. theres a video on you tube of it messing up a poor little crab that didnt do anything. it just started punching and punching it and then ate it..theyre evil. yuck!
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:09 PM   #13
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and...i dont think you want to put mantis shrimp with anything. theres a video on you tube of it messing up a poor little crab that didnt do anything. it just started punching and punching it and then ate it..theyre evil. yuck!
Ha, I lol'd at that post. Did you mean the little crab didn't do anything to "deserve it"??? If so that's hilarious, like the shrimp was getting revenge or something.

My Texas Cichlid eats feeder fish that "didn't do anything" either.

If you meant didn't do anything to defend itself it's not really that funny but the way I took it I lol'd. Thats life/nature, or at least the simulation of it in our tanks.

BTW, I saw that video too and did feel sorry for that crab, tha shrimp was VICIOUS!
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Old 04-02-2008, 04:49 PM   #14
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Yeah, Id also think the odds are a lot better to get a mantis hitch hiker than getting hit by lightning. A lot better!

Especially with Florida rock I hear.
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From what I hear they're really easy to miss because they live inside the rocks and dont necessarily leave during the curing process. Also, the brightly colored ones are beautiful, but most of them are brownish or yellow, tan etc.

Anyway I've lost interest in getting one of these. After having a scorpion and a crayfish family I'm kind of over inverts (at least the arachnids / crustaceans). They're pretty boring and I never really noticed an intelligence or personality. Lol, I know that sounds harsh but they just disappointed me I guess.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:49 PM   #16
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no, i dont think the crab was meant to be food, it just made me sad
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It made me sad too, the crab seemed so helpless, like it never had a chance.
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Not to be mean, but, as stated earlier, it's part of natural life, just like some f us grew up on "Animal Kingdom:....
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I want a mantis tank, Stick a couple plieces of LR in there and have some fun with hit. It would be kind of like having an underwater guard dog . I am pretty good with sw upkeep, I have ro/di unite a few aquacremoras laying around. I even have a 29 gallon tank. but I'd rather have a nano or bio cube. WHoever was saying that earlier they said 29g minimum for Mantis shrimp? or Minimum for a beginner with water qaulity ??????
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we know its a part of life...its still sad, like when snakes have to eat baby pinkys..geez
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