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Old 03-31-2013, 02:19 PM   #11
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My 30 gallon tank is for a peacock as well. I want to stock up on more coral before i get a mantis. Because once i get the mantis, theres no way im putting my hand in the tank
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:51 AM   #12
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I have kept a large mantis shrimp before. It killed all my snails and i knew everytime it fed cause i would hear it cracking the shells to eat the insides. Easy to care for. Usualy stayed away from my hand while cleaning. Very cool. Liked to spread sand all over my tank. Def wanna get another but maybe a smaller one.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:01 AM   #13
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That looks amazing that's all I'm worried about is cleaning the tank haha
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:40 AM   #14
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Their nicknamed thumb splitters for a reason. Definitely keep it by itself as all other crustaceans will become the bottom of the food chain.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:52 PM   #15
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No worries haha just the whole science behind them amazed me
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:03 PM   #16
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Got ya, I had one that hitchhiked in on my live rock. He lasted 5 months and got almost 2" long. Something must have grabbed him when he molted and was weak. Haven't seen him in 6 weeks and that's fine by me.
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I've always thought they were really cool also. If I get one, I'm not taking any chances and buying a small acrylic tank.
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Would it be risky using a glass tank?
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Would it be risky using a glass tank?
Depends on the thickness of the glass.... I've got a couple spare 20 longs in the basement, and the glass on those is pretty darn thin. You might be OK keeping it in something like that, but I certainly wouldn't provoke it into hitting the tank!!! It's said the larger ones can hit with the force of a .22 bullet....
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I heard there were 2 types, smashers and spearers. the smashers are the ones that they say can break glass. They are supposed to release that smashing apparatus with the intensity of a .22 caliber bullet.
Here's an article with a little video demonstrating their power....
Mantis Shrimp Smash! - ScienceNOW
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