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My tank is making a popping noise ever since I added a red ridged sponge. Today when I moved the sponge a tine yellowish clear shrimp fell out and ran around for a bit before disappearing. Does anyone know if this is a pistol shrimp, Ive heard of them but never seen one like this. It was to fast for me to get a pic of so sorry bout that. If it is a pistol shrimp is it dangerous in a softie tank with mixed clean up crew (hermits shrimp and snails)?
 

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The poping is generally attributed to mantis shrimp. not to bad for a reef.....but they can wreak havoc on fish and inverts. I have even heard tell of them breaking glass in tanks. They use they're Praying mantis like front "arms" to spear and catch whatever they want, and it makes a poping sound. Oh and they're nickname is the "thumbsplitter" so watch those digits! :)
 

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tha sounds like a pistol shrimp to me. is one claw larger than the other? the pair up with gobie fish in the wid and form a symbiot relationship with them..
http://aquarium-fish.liveaquaria.com/search?w=pistol%20shrimp

here is a link with a bit of info on them. see if one resembles what you have.. if it is get a gobie and enjoy.. they are very cool to have in your reef.. :D
 

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oooh nice ..:D Go an get you a gobie son.. HAHA ..
I had a YWG and a pistol shrimp that were 6" from each other in the tank for almost 5 months and never paired.. I also have CBS and a mean ol dottyback that were bullies.. my pistol disappeared a few weeks ago and I recently moved my gobie to his own home.. I'm getting another pistol in a few weeks to see if I can finally pair him with one.. good luck and great find.. :D
 

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Cause they are evil and will suck out your soul through your left side pinky toe if you don't where steel toed boots..plus they swear a lot... Haha.. do a you tube search for mimic octopus vs mantis shrimp.. they are viscous lil currs..
 

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Cause they are evil and will suck out your soul through your left side pinky toe if you don't where steel toed boots..plus they swear a lot... Haha.. do a you tube search for mimic octopus vs mantis shrimp.. they are viscous lil currs..
lol:funny: I know I don't call them thumbsplitters for nothing. They do make a cool species tank.
 
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