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Old 11-07-2003, 12:09 PM   #1
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How do I get rid of a...

Mantis Shrimp?

This is not related to my other shrimp topic in here....

I think he is responsble for some new deaths in my tank, 2 snails and one fish, the fish I an not sure about though.

I know where he lives, this one rock and he comes out when I feed shrimp to my hawk, should I just take the rock out od the tank where he lives and keep it out till he dies, or put the rock in another 10gal tank I have... what should I do, I don't want him in my reef tank?
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Old 11-07-2003, 12:11 PM   #2
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this is what it looks like, I was able to ID the thing from the FAQ Fishfreek posted in the ID fourm...
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Old 11-07-2003, 12:11 PM   #3
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One way is this:

Get a bucket with freshwater in it (no salt) and dip in the rock, if the mantis is big you might want to wear gloves so it doesn't snap your or stab you depending on what kind of mantis it is..

The shrimp should shoot out into the fresh water, whereupon you can return the rock to your SW tank and retrieve the mantis shrimp to place him in QT or wherever.
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Old 11-07-2003, 12:22 PM   #4
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snap, sounds like a plan to me, I will attempt that first.
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Old 11-07-2003, 12:24 PM   #5
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wait, is this thing going to attack me or bite me? should I be concerned?
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If it is a "smasher" meaning you have been hearing popping or clicking/snapping noises in your tank, it whips out it's little hammer claw things to "smash" stuff at high speed. I had one it QT about 1 1/2 inch long - if I placed a piece of rigid aquarium tubing in front of it, the critter would eyeball it (you can see their beady eyes tracking it) and then it would go "SNAP!" and snap it, my wife just about jumped out of her socks when it did this, because she was very close to the QT when I was showing her.

Very large smasher mantises can smash so hard that they can blow out tank glass supposedly, but I do not know how frequently you will see a big one like that.

Divers call them thumbsplitters because if a big one snaps you then.........ow.

If it is one with little razor claw things (I have never seen one of those) I have read that they can give you little cuts and stuff if you happen to get them in a bad spot or you are handling them, etc.

So anyway just a pair of gloves and try not to get snapped or poked, they are intelligent and tough creatures IMO but just treat them kinda like you'd treat a bee, just keep back a little bit and don't try to cuddle with it. I wouldn't worry about it too much.

I talked with the President of liverocks.com who is a very nice guy who has seen a heck of a lot of mantises and he actually keeps a few of them, he says they don't deserve the "rip your arm off" reputation, he actually was hand feeding a large female until a fish ate it (the shrimp)
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I have been clipped and whipped by quite a few of them... They can cut your fingers and hands wide open if big enough... They pack a lot of power in the hind quarter..The arms like a praying mantis hence the name Mantis shrimp will latch on and cut your fingers..I used to wear rubber gloves and they slice right through them...Even a small one can cause pain... Be careful... The ones I was refering to were in upwards of 9"... Which is not uncommon off the coast of Florida..
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Wow, Timbo, I hope I never come across a big one of those things, man.

When that little teeny guy snapped that rigid tubing I was quite impressed with the punch it packed. I cringe to think of a 4 or 5 inch one snapping me... pain time....

Did you come across them diving or just by doing lots of SW tanks or both?
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Old 11-07-2003, 01:04 PM   #9
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I was trying to place the snapping noise in my tank, it was driving me nuts, this is all coming together now... I will be careful and hopefully I can extract it with out finding out how there front legs split my thumb open... thank you all for the gretinformation 8O
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