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Old 04-14-2004, 02:43 AM   #11
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If you got this in your gulf/keys rock i would imagine this is much less aggressive then the imported fiji rock. Mike (owner liverocks.com) keeps these guys in his reef tanks. He says the key is to just keep them fed, he has never had an issue with it being bothered, more his damsels and other fish beating up on it.

I as well have 2 pistol shrimp that i hear popping all the time in my sps/clam tank. Never had an issue with them.

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Hey Zack YGM.
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It's a mantis shrimp. Apparently they can generate more pressure per square inch than any other ocean critter. Yowie!
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I think I remember seeing them on TV, maybe. Don't they generate the force of a .22 long rifle round? I saw something on PBS about some sort of water critter that was like that...

Crazy...
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It's a mantis shrimp. Apparently they can generate more pressure per square inch than any other ocean critter. Yowie!
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I think I remember seeing them on TV, maybe. Don't they generate the force of a .22 long rifle round? I saw something on PBS about some sort of water critter that was like that...

Crazy...

And that's why I wanted to catch the little bugger.
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Old 04-14-2004, 04:39 PM   #15
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You guys - as Zack said, there are many different varieties of Mantises (Stomatopods). The little ones riding around on the Gulf and Keys rock are just lil' snappers. They are not the kind that gets huge and blows out tank glass, that would be a large Californian species if I have read correctly.

They are very intelligent animals, just keep them fed if you choose to keep them. I have found them to be very rewarding animals to keep and they are quite personable.

Check out this site for more detailed info if you like.

http://www.blueboard.com/mantis/
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i got rid of 3 BIG ones and now I have 1 left, I'm keeping him till I see a problem...
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Hey Snap, thanks for the info. Very informative. I still think I'll leave them out of my system though
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Heh!! I hear ya. My wife would side with you on this issue.

Actually, she would just as soon have my little mantises swirling their way down the toilet.

Ah well.
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Actually, she would just as soon have my little mantises swirling their way down the toilet.

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You're right about the different varieties of mantises. I couldn't tell how big the one was in the picture. The really dangerous ones get really large. I've seen one about 7 inches long. They are the ones that can generate forces similar to a gunshot.
Good luck getting rid of them (if that's what you decide to do).
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