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Old 01-02-2005, 08:34 PM   #1
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Getting rid of mantis shrimp???


Hi guys,
Is there an easy way to get rid of mantis shrimp. I have heard that dreaded clicking in my tankand would like to get it out before my fish go in. A guy told me to take the rock out and dip it in COLD FRESH water and the shrimp will come flying out. It seems to me though that this will kill all the good things on the rock including all the bateria that has been building up while the tank is cycling. I dont wanna start over, its taking to long already!!!

Any suggestions?? Should i the rock a bath??
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:44 PM   #2
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You could try setting a trap with some bait in it.
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:50 PM   #3
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How would one go about this? any ideas/pics would be very appreciated.
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Old 01-03-2005, 12:54 AM   #4
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Bump. Any other suggestions. Do i just shove some mysis in a coke bottle or something. The shrimp will get in but shouldnt be able to get out again right? Any other suggestions i need this guy out?
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Old 01-03-2005, 01:02 AM   #5
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Here's a DIY trap: http://www.tampabaysaltwater.com/ima...ap-websize.jpg
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Old 01-03-2005, 01:05 AM   #6
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Hey thaks man that looks like it would do the trick.I will build one right away what do i use for bait?
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Old 01-03-2005, 07:36 AM   #7
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I had one of these wonderful little critters when I started my tank. If you tap on the side of the tank he will come out to investagate. Watch to see which rock he retreats to and flush him out with some fresh water. If you have some ro water for topping off your tank use that. Once the mantis shrimp come out his hole just place the rock back in the tank all the other critters will be fine. Hope this helps. Good Luck!
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Old 01-05-2005, 11:51 PM   #8
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If you catch it, please don't kill it. I have one set up in a species specific 10 gallon nano and I love him! They have such personality. There's a forum dedicated to them on www.reefcentral.com. If you don't want to keep it, maybe you could find someone near you who wants it.
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Old 01-06-2005, 04:55 AM   #9
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Aussie, keep us informed about how well the trap worked.
Not to hijack your thread but I lucked out last weekend on a mantis. I've had a 70 set up for propagation for about 6 months with some liverock covered with zoanthids in it too. I'd also gotten a piece of aquacultured liverock from the lfs. When I decided to remove the fish from teh tank, I took all the livrock out and luckily when I put one piece in the holding tank, I saw a shadow shot out of it! Mantis shrimp! I managed to catch him with a net while he was disoriented and removed him from the tank. Last night I was looking in another tank, a 20L, with another piece of the rock culturing a colony of yellow polyps. There was another mantis looking back at me! They must have been really small when they were put in teh tank, and have finally gotten big enough to be somewhat bold in their movements. I'll try a trap if it works for you!
Mrs. K, I might set up a species tank for the critter if I have some idea what I can feed it besides astrea snails and bluelegged hermit crabs. I'd wondered what had been happening with those guys. Any ideas?
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Old 01-06-2005, 07:36 AM   #10
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I had one in my seahorse tank for 3 years. Heard it click every day... never saw it. Thankfully it never did any damage, but many others are not so lucky.

We accidentally caught one while moving a customer's tank. Rock was in a bucket, dry for a couple of hours. The shrimp must have been in the rock, and when he got dry, he dropped off the rock into the bucket. That solved a big mystery about some disappearing fish. That specimen was a spearer, not a smasher so the customer never heard it snapping. We gave it to someone with a 6 gallon species tank. It was bright red - absolutely gorgeous.

The inverted bottle-top trap can work, or flushing the rock with club soda. A short dip with fresh water or club soda won't have any long-term ill effects on the rock... so be aggressive and get it out of there, and find it a good home.

Somebody gave me a tiny pistol shrimp the other day... any takers?

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Old 01-06-2005, 09:32 AM   #11
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Feeding the mantis


I feed mine a variety of foods. He doesn't bother the astraea too much unless he's really hungry. Too much work. He also never bothers the hermits and I've heard the same from others. I feed mine various little snails (1" long or smaller), ghost shrimp, guppies, raw scallops, and his favorite is frozen enriched brine shrimp cubes. Mine doesn't like raw shrimp, but many do. It's really important for smashers that you don't always feed it soft food. I feed mine every few days or perhaps a tiny snail every day for a snack. Feeding him live hard foods makes him use his raptorial appendages (hammers), keeping them healthy and strong. I use a straw to direct foods to his burrow. He takes the food from the straw and back inside his burrow.

You'd also want to have a deep sand substrate and a little live rock so that he can build a burrow/cave. I used tonga branch and a little Kaelini. MT crawls out of his burrow and crawls all around and through the branches. It's very interesting to watch. FYI, mine never borrows my corals (except when he once tried to use a shroom to decorate his palace).

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Old 01-06-2005, 03:40 PM   #12
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Well i havent caught anything in the trap yet so it looks like it will be a quick freshwater dip. I was planning to move everything from the 20gal into the 60gal this weekend. Will the rock need more cycling if i do the dip or should it still be good to go? Jenn said there would be no long term affect but what about the short term?

Need some advise quickly as the move is only 2 days away? (and i can't wait)
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Old 01-06-2005, 04:42 PM   #13
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Also would a hyposalinity bath work say at about 1.009 or lower. I just thought it may be less stressful to any good inhabitants/ bacteria that are growing rather than freshwater.
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Old 01-07-2005, 03:56 AM   #14
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Bump. Anymore suggestions. This guy is making me nervous and i cant catch him.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:33 PM   #15
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im not sure if its true but i heard you can flush them out with a turkey blaster and some club soda
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