Have you ever had a Mantis shrimp in your aquarium?

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Have you ever had a Mantis shrimp in your aquarium?

  1. Yes!

  2. No.

  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

    Dec 31, 2000
    Berkeley, CA
    Very ninja? ;D
    Are you saying it was hard to catch?
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  3. m_lacom99

    m_lacom99 Stylophora

    Aug 19, 2004
    Montreal, QC,Quebec
    Never had one. But i would love to setup a mantis tank. Just another project of mine to spend more cash on.

  4. mario8402

    mario8402 Fire Shrimp

    Jan 25, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Ninja man! they move qith the quickness, hardly ever seen haha. its an expresssion.
    I wont be able to catch this thing.. its way too fast..
  5. fishflyer

    fishflyer Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

    Apr 25, 2005
    SF Bay Area
    Another expierence

    Back a few years ago when I was a total noob (as now I am just a noob) I set up my first tank (20 3long) armed with all the knowledge I pulled off this site and such and with the goal to not kill a single animal. After the cycle with my 3 pieces of LR I threw in a fire fish and few days later gone... no trace..... I was like what the hell? Looking on the floor and what not. Next week cleaner wrass.....a day later gone. Finally a few days later again I was at the LFS about to pull the triger on a blue chromis damsel when the guy said maybe you have a Mantis. So I spared the chromis for the moment and went home to observe the LR a little more per the LFS. Sure enough their were some left overs protruding out of one of the pieces of LR. After hours of watching this one rock and sneeking down all quite with the red flashlight at night, over a week later I finally saw inwall75's signiture in a tiny hole in that LR. Anyway I read some internet post portraying these guys as the anti-Christ and I killed that bugger while trying to get him out of the rock. Now I feel just as bad for him as my first two fish.

    Very interesting little guys, talk about stealth and fast too.
  6. kb.bear

    kb.bear Peppermint Shrimp

    May 17, 2005
    Riverside, RI
    I have had one about 18-24 mos. It does like snails, dozens of shells outside of its cave I think mabe it also got all the fish in my tank except for one damsel I used to cycle the tank about a million years ago.
    how long do they live?