Mantis shrimp!

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by Washburn82, Dec 23, 2011.

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    Washburn82

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    lol yes a mantis shrimp, i have been pondering on what to do with my 12 gallon nanocube dx since i got my 20 long. I was thinking of a mantis shrimp to keep solo in the tank. Anyone have or had any experience with these crazy little guys? My cube is made out of glass and i hear if they feel heroic they can actually break it. Just curious of ppls past experiences with these guys. Im looking at the Peacock mantis shrimp. Beautiful creatures.
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    ErinCahir Sausage Wrangler

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    Dana has a mantis. I love him. The mantis. Haha.

    I'd PM him.
     
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    +1 Erin...Dana is our expert on mantis shrimps.
     
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    jcegt87 Dude Dude DUDE!!!!!!

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    AGHHHHHH why did i click here ;_; , just giant colorful cockroaches .........i can feel it crawling on me
     
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    ErinCahir Sausage Wrangler

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    They're so AWESOME!!!
    I'll have one... one day.
     
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    I'm with you Erin, i think they are so cool. And i too will have one one day :D
     
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    Do plenty of research first. Make sure that's what you really want. They are neat, but are or can be VERY agressive. I had one once by accident. It came in my live rock. After it killed just about everything, I had to tear down the tank to catch it.

    See my avatar.
     
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    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

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    This is not an issue if the tank is set up solely for a mantis shrimp. While they can be a pest in normal reef tanks, they are actually one of the most amazing critters in the sea when you start learning about things like the incredible vision that they have
     
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    My question is, can you have any sort of a cleanup crew in a tank with them? It doesn't appear so, I wonder how you keep algae under control....
     
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    No on the clean up crew, mantis will kill anything it finds, i suppose a few snails if they can hide, but once found they are as good as dead... and i have noo idea
     
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    ErinCahir Sausage Wrangler

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    I think the people that have them just restock their CUC. Eventually they all get eaten, but they do their job until they're gone, and the mantis gets fed when he's hungry.
     
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    Gotcha. Thanks Erin. I always wondered....
     
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    Ya my plans if i did get one. Would be in my 12 gallon nano and it would be just him/her. With liverock. No fish or anything. Although i seen some videos where they have lived happily with fish before. Its a risk though. I bet if you keep him happily fed a CUC might last.
     
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    I'm thinking about putting one in my 12 gallon nano too. :D I've just been using that tank to grow pods.
     
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