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Old 12-05-2007, 06:36 PM   #1
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are mantis shrimp easy?

I have three freshwater aquariums, and I've been reading about mantis shrimp lately. The more I read the more interested I am. I have a few questions:
1. Are they expensive / hard to find online?
2. Are they boring? (I had a scorpion and it was a bore, lol)
3. Are they pretty easy to care for?

I've never done any kind of saltwater tank, but I have a 5 gallon tank that isn't being used and I would love to have a single mantis shrimp in it. Just curious what people who keep them have to say about it as a pet.
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:22 PM   #2
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1. Are they expensive / hard to find online?
It depends. The more colorful ones may be pricey, but otherwise I'd say they are about average price for a SW animal and usually available.
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2. Are they boring? (I had a scorpion and it was a bore, lol)
After while- probably lol. I like a nice, peaceful reef tank b/c there is always something new going on w/ all the diversity. Although some LR w/ the mantis shrimp would add some interest as well as aid filtration.
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3. Are they pretty easy to care for?
I'd say yes and no. All inverts need good, clean, stable tanks. They are just as or more demanding than hardy-moderate fish. They will not stand ammonia, nitrites. Nitrates must be kept below 15-20 ppm w/ inverts. PWC's are also generally needed to provide the necessary elements for molting and overall health (iodine, etc). Also, the smaller the tank, the more difficult it is to keep stable water chemistry. I'd recommend starting w/ the largest tank possible ie. 29 gal or larger. HTH
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:48 AM   #3
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thank you very much for the help!

I also have no experience with live rock ... I actually dont really know what that is.. :-p I'll do some research
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:38 PM   #4
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I also have no experience with live rock ... I actually dont really know what that is
It's very cool stuff. It's basically rock taken from around natural reefs. You can also get aquacultured LR (less impact on natural reefs). It provides great biological filtration, aids natural food supplies in aquariums, and adds all sorts of interesting critters ie. mini starfish, amphipods, copepods, worms, etc. that hitchhike in on it.
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:25 AM   #5
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mantis shrimp scare the crud outta me. little monsters
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:57 AM   #6
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There was another thread talking about hwo mantis shrimp were terrors. Do a search for them on youtube.

I'd be afraid to even stick my hand in the tank. They're like littl edevil beasts, lol.
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yea....i was on you tube, they are scary, im never buying live rock. ever. there was a vid where that thing chopped of an octopus tentacle. it staright stood up to him and was like "CHOP!!!" they look like a mix between a cockroach and a praying mantis...eww
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I think it's safe to bet that you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than having a mantis shrimp hitchhike on your liverock........

I think it'd be hard to miss something that colorful
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You would be surprised at how many folks get them as hitch hikers. They can be very small at first and very sneaky.
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yea...they hide in live rock. it really isnt that hard. when w get shipments in at my work we have to check all the pores. they arent always big and colorful
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