Mantis Shrimp Are Awesome!

juggalo69

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Our zoo has one but I've never seen it eat. That was cool.
One of the keepers was telling me that the force of their strike equals the force of a 22c handgun.
 

sammyp

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They are wicked :D

I've long been toying with the idea of setting up a nano tank for one of these...

Apparently, they're rather intelligent too.
 

beetleman

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i love them too, i had 1 in a plastic tank(they break glass tanks) very cool animal! the thing would eat anything.
 

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I always wanted one, but the thought of setting up and maintaining a SW tank, just for one little animal has put that prodject on hold.
 

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pretty cool.im always checkin out the saltwater tanks when i get crickets at my local shop.they have something like this there not sure of species tho
 

billopelma

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I had a 'guest' one sneak in with some live rock, had a hell of a time catching it.
When I finally got the thing in a compromised position all I had on hand to scoop it into was my seatest hydrometer. I can tell you first hand, they can break plastic too, though probably not aquarium thickness acrylic. Don't think I'd trust one in a critter keeper type setup...

Bill
 

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I have a nanocube set up for one, it is a yellow Pseudosquilla ciliata. I really think they are amazing little creatures. I will try to get some pictures.

mike
 

beetleman

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I have a nanocube set up for one, it is a yellow Pseudosquilla ciliata. I really think they are amazing little creatures. I will try to get some pictures.

mike
yeah the yellow ones do great in the nanos,i'm looking to get that ssp. the 1 i had was the colorful peacock mantis,really big,great shrimp.
 

P. Novak

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That was a very entertaing video, the music matched it perfectly. That mantis shrimp sure had some amazing colors to it. Thanks for sharing.
 

HepCatMoe

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ya very cool. never seen these guys before but now i am super impressed.
 

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I haven't done the salt water thing either because of the maintenance issue. But I like the little tanks I've seen in a pet store around here. I found a mantis shrimp on the beach when I was about 10. It was completely white and soft, prob just molted. My little bro found a small Blue crab. We took them both home but my dad insisted we put them in the same bucket on the way home and the shrimp got eaten:mad: . I see these pretty often at bait shops along the coast. Every once in a while, one will get caught in the shrimp nets. A cheap way to acquire one if you can get one at a bait shop that way. They'd probably give it to you. I've always wanted one too but just never have done it.
 

beetleman

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well saltwater is really not hard at all(i thought so awhile back) ive got 6 setups, mostly inverts, but some fish aswell morays/stonefish and i really don't do alot of maintence on them. ofcourse i do some filters/water chemistry but it's not alot of work and being they are not huge systems either,you should give it a try.you'll be glad ya did:D
 

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I've seen these while snorkeling on St. Croix, and once captured one when it hid in a shell, and kept it in a tank for a few days, got to see it snap up a few small fish I managed to catch, it was awesome. Would love to have a good set up for one here at home but I don't want to deal with salt water... perhaps someday.
 

slimtim454

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Yea those things are cool. Reminds me of crayfish I used to have which were fun to watch.
 
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