Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 12-14-2004, 10:46 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: GA
Posts: 510
snap snap snap snap snap....

that's what I heard in my tank this morning.... pop pop pop pop pop. that's the first time I've hear pops that many times in a row. they have been getting progresively louder in the last few weeks and I know where it is because anytime anything gets over this i patch of star polyp I fragged onto a big rock I hear loud pops. Nothing get hit or anything I just hear pops, sometimes 1 sometimes 2 or 3 this morning I heard 5 loud ones not quick though just pop.......pop........pop........ pop..........pop.

All of my cleaning crew is still around and nothing seems to be getting eaten so I don't know if it is a mantis or not. I did see a small shrimp a few months back in the same whole where I think the popping is coming from but all I saw was the tail so i couldn't really tell. I set a trap for about a week and nothing got caught except both of my jawfish everynight so I gave up and prayed for the best. Now the pops are just gettting louder and I kinda know where they are coming from because they always happen when something is over the patch of star polyp.

Does it sound like I need to worry or just let it ride until something happens.

oh yeah I have two problems the rock that the pops are coming from has softies all over it so i really don't want to do a dip and I really don't have room in my tank yo set a trap anymore so what can I do if it is something serious?

Jason is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2004, 10:54 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: maine
Posts: 1,975
You can start setting traps and see what you get. You will likely catch a bunch of regular members of your clean up crew at first, but you might find a Mantis suprise

*26 freshwater*
2x Sunburst Platys (2M, 2F) // 3x Neon Tetras (?) // 2x Cherry Barbs (1M, 1F) // 2x YoYo Loaches (?) // 1x Bushy Nose Pleco (M) // 1x Clown Pleco (?) //

*15H marine*
-30# Live Rock
-Mixed Snails (Nassarius // Cerith // Astrea // Black Turbo // Mexican Turbo)
-8x Blue Leg Hermit Crabs // 1x Banded Serpent Star // 1x Cleaner Shrimp
-1x Royal Gramma // 1x Percula Clownfish
-2x Mushroom Leather // Metallic Green Star Polyps // Pulsing Xenia // Striped Xenia // Blue Mushroom
-Remora + Maxi-Jet 1200 // 2x Maxi-Jet 600 // Maxi-Jet 400 // Visi-Therm Deluxe 50 // Current USA Orbit 2x 40w PC
grimlock3000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2004, 11:44 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 438
It sounds more like you have a pistol shrimp. If this is the case, I wouldn't be concerned at all. You can try a trap if you can find room, but I wouldn't get too worried until you notice that someone is getting beat up. Only then would I think it is a mantis.
tripper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2004, 01:39 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 148
I have read/heard of some disaster stories about setting up traps. If both of your jawfish get trapped, they might be easy prey for a mantis; being trapped and all. You will have caught the mantis, but at the expense of your jawfishes' lives.

I wouldn't want any "popping" from my tank, be it a mantis or pistol.
"You can determine the real worth of a man in eyes of his wife."
Heineken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2004, 02:50 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 617
I know I have a mantis. I've been setting and resetting my trap for over a month. I've caught a few crabs but no mantis yet. I've read it can take a long time to eventually get him in the trap. I haven't stocked my tank yet because of this so the trap is a good solution for me.

Oh, also... I've done carbonated dips and freshwater dips of 7 minutes. He still wouldn't come out. I've seen him clear as day so I know he's there. It's so frustrating having a tank that I can't stock. Pray it's not a mantis (no pun intended).
Gatorfreak is offline   Reply With Quote

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
bettas sick after cold water snap stinkpot Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 1 02-22-2006 06:37 PM
Ping, ping, snap snap! snapcrackler Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 01-18-2004 12:40 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:47 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.