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Old 08-04-2010, 06:35 AM   #1
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Mantis Shrimp

Hi Guys,

I've been hearing a clicking every week or so since I have had my tank (almost a year). Its usually two clicks in a row (they sound like someone is tapping a coin against glass). I've made sure it isn't any of my equipment (I originally suspected it was the heater turning on and off, but its definatley not that)

I heard it again just a moment ago, two clicks, a pause, two more clicks a pause and then one click.

Do you think this is a mantis shrimp?
I've never seen it, so I'm unsure as to whether this is it.

Is it safe in my FOWLR tank?

Is there a way to catch him to inspect to see if its a goodie or a baddie?

The sound seems to come from the middle of the tank, so I think catching it in a glass on an angle will be hard.

Any ideas?
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:38 AM   #2
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I found this video:YouTube - amazing mantis shrimp video
If it is a mantis watch your fingers as they are not called thumb splitters for nothing.
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Could be a pistol shrimp.
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Whoa - didn't realise how brutal they were.
Thanks Ray - that had crossed my mind.

Should I try the glass jar trick?

Any other suggestions?
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:21 AM   #5
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I wold try a plastic jar. A mantis could shatter glass.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:23 AM   #6
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Could be either really, try putting some sort of red filter over a flashlight and start inspecting the tank at night while your lights are off. Most things in you tank will be unable to see the red spectrum of light.

A visual ID is really the only sure way you can tell.

I had thought the glass/jar trick didn't work on them? I could be wrong.
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Thanks cmor - will try a plastic peanut butter jar.

Jimbo - do you think a red bike light would work?
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Yea that will probably work. I always just took a flash light and put a couple layers of this over the lens. Not sure what they have in Australia, figure you could probably find a similar product.
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Red is absorbed quickly in water. Many marine animals are red, but look black under the water till you shine a light on them. Using the red lens doesn't spook them because they don't see red. Just make sure the intensity is not too great. The bike light should be fine.
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Wow!! Where do they come from? I would be afraid to stick my hand in the tank!! Do people actually buy them?
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