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Old 08-10-2010, 10:12 AM   #11
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A lot of people have mantis only tanks. They are cool looking, but only up to a point..then they really start to creep me out. There was a zebra one in my LFS that would just stand against the glass and stare out of the tank...so creepy.
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Usually hitch hikers in live rock.

Most are actually pretty harmless and play a pretty good role in reducing nasty crabs etc from tanks. If you find that your local population of turbo snails is disappearing, the mantis could be snacking on them. Look for a pile of snails and you will soon find out where it hides.

I've always been inclined to leave them but each to their own.
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Usually hitch hikers in live rock.

Most are actually pretty harmless and play a pretty good role in reducing nasty crabs etc from tanks. If you find that your local population of turbo snails is disappearing, the mantis could be snacking on them. Look for a pile of snails and you will soon find out where it hides.

I've always been inclined to leave them but each to their own.
This is when they are like an inch long, but they second they get big enough they will start taking down fish and will even attack your hands. I have seen some nasty pictures of people fingers after a mantis attack. IMO its best never to let them get this big. Usually they can be trapped without harm to the animal and you can usually make a pretty penny off of them, or get a sweet frag in trade.
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This should depend if they are your typical "Smasher" or "Spearer" IMO. I guess no one is brave enough to find out which one they are though. LOL
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I'm pretty sure when you get attacked by a mantis shrimp you aren't thinking whether you got stabbed or bashed. I'd do what the above said and also try the cup trick.
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I have seen pictures of people getting hit with the bashing type, it splits your finger right open. I would hate to see what a stabber can do. They are much less common to see as a hitchhiker over here. They are the ones though that started the horror stories about mantis shrimp cracking tanks.
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If I catch it, I like the idea of a species tank!
Might keep him in there with a few corals - MTS strikes again!

**Spoke with my LFS, the said get a 600ml coke bottle, cut the top half, invert it and place it back inside the bottom half - they can crawl in, but can't easily crawl out.

What should I use for bait? A small raw shrimp?
I'm likely to catch a bunch of hermits too...
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start with a shrimp and see what you get. Then you can try adding a live emerald or small feeder crab.
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start with a shrimp and see what you get. Then you can try adding a live emerald or small feeder crab.
inside the trap?
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yup. mantis love little crabs.
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