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Old 03-24-2005, 04:20 PM   #1
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Eek, a mantis!

Actually, I'm kinda happy about it.
Heard some clicking the other night and assumed it was the two pistol shrimps I knew were in the lr qt tank. Today I found this looking at me. I have no idea how big it is yet but, it's at least a 1/4" wide. So, probably around 1-1 1/2" long. Guess I'll be setting up this qt tank for him now.
I haven't seen the pistols in about two days now so, I fear they may have already succumbed to the mantis.
Interestingly though, right under his hole is a dying tunicate. I watched him come part of the way out, grab a handful of this ickiness and drag it in the hole. Who knew? I had no idea they would eat stuff like that.
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Old 03-24-2005, 04:32 PM   #2
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He looks crazy. Where in WV are you? I am in Barboursville.
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I tried feeding him a piece of silverside. He picked at it and lost interest quick. lol He is crazy.
I'm in Martinsburg. About 5 1/2 hrs away from Barboursville.
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Nice! Good looking little mantis you have there. Enjoy him (EeewwwwwwwwwwW)!
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Old 03-24-2005, 06:18 PM   #5
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Sweet! Have fun catching him, they are slick.
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:05 PM   #6
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Have fun catching him
Piece of cake... pull rock, squirt in RO/DI put immediately in SW holding pen. Just watch your fingers! 8O
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:06 PM   #7
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I got mine with FW .. cool, from the tap. I saw him go into a hole and I stuck a bamboo skewer into the hole to keep him in there while I removed the rock.
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I'm not even gonna bother. That's his rock and as far as I'm concerned, he can have it. I'm just gonna leave him be and work around him to set the tank up as a mantis tank.
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I'm not even gonna bother. That's his rock and as far as I'm concerned, he can have it. I'm just gonna leave him be and work around him to set the tank up as a mantis tank.
That is great!! I didn't have that luxury, mine picked a rock at the very bottom.
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Be very careful with a mantis shrimp..I had one that reached over 5 inches in length. It ate all of my snails,and then started on my damsels.. The noise can very bothersome at night too, the first time I heard it I thought something was shorting out in my tank. I tried to grab him/her out one day, and OUCH, it hurt like heck. I mean tore right through my skin. SO, had to wait till it went in the rock and removed the rock, dumped it fresh water ( the problem was getting it out after it died). So, just be wary, they can get big and start to destroy the rest of the tank.. And never put your fingers near (from experience).
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