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Old 11-10-2014, 11:49 PM   #1
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Which mantis shrimp?

I'm trying to decide if I should get a purple spot mantis or a peacock. I have a 50 gallon so neither space nor price is an issue. I'm wondering if there are any differences between the two species that would make me sway towards one in particular.

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Old 11-14-2014, 03:16 AM   #2
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I loved my peacock he was a great resident in my 280. I never owned the other but my peacock took up resident under my BTA and they lived that way for 10 yrs. But than again my peacock was a hitchhiker too . Only thing I have to say is make sure you get live food to enrich him or her they are very smart. I used to give him live clams and mussels and sardines. I miss my guy and my large tank lol


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I'm planning on buying frozen clams and muscles at the supermarket to use as a staple diet. Is there any live food that the isn't too expensive? Can I feed him freshwater snails?

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Old 11-14-2014, 12:00 PM   #4
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Oh and I've decided to get the Peacock btw. A store near me has one that came in as a hitchhiker in their 400gallon reef tank. I gave them my number if they catch him but I can't imagine trying to catch a 3.5inch Peacock in a 400gallon tank lol

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Old 11-14-2014, 12:11 PM   #5
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If they don't get him the first time they will never get him they are that smart. I would not do snails see he will than think he can go after the ones in the tank. I only fed live twice a month and it was only 3 live creatures each time. His main diet was frozen or home made food.


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being a mantis hes more then likely going to kill snails in the tank probably when its hungry.
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Mine never did than again I target fed him twice a day so I think that is why plus he cleaned up what my BTA did not eat.


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yeah when he gets hungry hes gonna use his instincts.
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Oh I know I loss a couple fish to him but never any snails or any others.


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Old 11-14-2014, 01:42 PM   #10
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Oh I know I loss a couple fish to him but never any snails or any others.


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Sounds like you had a spearer more likely than a o. scyllarus
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