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I found a new creature today in my tank, I was just about to take a picture and the dottieback drove him back in the hole!! I know its a shrimp but I was wondering if someone might be able to tell me what kind it is without a picture. He/she is about 1 inch long long and totaly transparent, I mean totaly. He was pushing what seemed to be a round opject with him? And was afraid of the dottieback.

Anyone help me?? I hope its not a mantis!!

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This is what I feared!!! Will this kill my fish and crabs and stuff??? Lucky me!! Just started reefin and I have a Mantis!! How do get rid of it. I guess I also have to watch when I am putting my hands in too!!

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Ughhh.. Dinoflagelettes..
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To make a proper ID, we'll need to see a pic of it...

How big was it?

And yes, Mantis shrimp kill crabs and snails... That's what they eat...
 

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If it's the slasher variety of Mantis they'll prey on fish as well... (or your finger if it gets too close). Scuba Divers don't call them 'thumbsplitters' for nothing... :D
Keep in mind that you're only seeing six of the Mantis' legs... there's also the front predatory 'pincers' and pleopods (the 'swimmer' legs under the abdomen). I think there's also two more sets of legs that aren't visible. When all are visible the Mantis looks almost like a centipede (at least mine did).
 
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