Help with picking a mantis shrimp

Diveks

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Sep 3, 2019
Messages
234
Reaction score
103
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
So after careful consideration i’ve decided to setup a mantis shrimp tank. I have a temporary 20g with caves for him/her to get used to associating me with food before moving to a larger tank. I’ve experienced several different tiny fish and inverts dying off after being too scared to venture out and find food.

So the seller has two mantis shrimps available one being 2.5 inch and the other almost 6 inches. There are not a lot of info on how to pick a good mantis shrimp. Im not sure which will be hardier, the smaller or the larger one. And if anyone can help me identify what they are.

Here are the picks when they first came in:
Smaller one:
9BC87479-329B-4E72-93E8-4DAC84057561.jpeg

Larger one:
4869920F-41E0-4B60-8DD9-B3E19E2309F4.jpeg
 
AS

Brady4000

I just wanted a Mantis Shrimp.
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Oct 7, 2020
Messages
1,424
Reaction score
2,803
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Fiji
I would go with the smaller one due to the 20g tank. It won’t be hard to keep track of once you start feeding, also from what I “hear”, so take this next comment with a grain of salt. The molts are easier on the smaller mantis than the larger. Mine ended up passing due to a bad molt and he was ove 6 inches. (Not saying all large mantis will pass due to molting, or a small one won’t. Please don’t misinterpret)

I was always proactive at keeping my little buddy alive, clean water, ***good acclamation***. I had a mantis pass due to my ignorance on how well they need to be acclimated. But I hear of these little hitchhikers on live rock living, and I know they didn’t get acclimated right. Which’s leaves me to believe that the smaller mantis are just hardier.

Hope this helps some.
 
OP
Diveks

Diveks

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Sep 3, 2019
Messages
234
Reaction score
103
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
I would go with the smaller one due to the 20g tank. It won’t be hard to keep track of once you start feeding, also from what I “hear”, so take this next comment with a grain of salt. The molts are easier on the smaller mantis than the larger. Mine ended up passing due to a bad molt and he was ove 6 inches. (Not saying all large mantis will pass due to molting, or a small one won’t. Please don’t misinterpret)

I was always proactive at keeping my little buddy alive, clean water, ***good acclamation***. I had a mantis pass due to my ignorance on how well they need to be acclimated. But I hear of these little hitchhikers on live rock living, and I know they didn’t get acclimated right. Which’s leaves me to believe that the smaller mantis are just hardier.

Hope this helps some.
Go with the smaller one.
thanks, ill go with the smaller ones then. they are already eating well and active there. they will probably ship the mantis tomorrow or the day after. They will be in transit for around 3 hours heard they were hardy so i don't think i should be too too worried about it. ill update after the mantis shrimp arrives
 
Avast
OP
Diveks

Diveks

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Sep 3, 2019
Messages
234
Reaction score
103
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
guessing this is a peacock? not really sure since some people call simillar looking ones other things. any help with identifcation would help out a lot so i can set up its permanent tank accordingly.
 

vetteguy53081

Well known Member and monster tank lover
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
53,980
Reaction score
119,800
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Wisconsin - Florida in several months
The peacock on top
 
OP
Diveks

Diveks

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Sep 3, 2019
Messages
234
Reaction score
103
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Both are peacocks. The leopard print gives them away.

D76E154E-C627-49C5-B9D6-BA189FF4F80B.jpeg 18B786FA-EF9D-438C-BC30-EA9AC708FA94.jpeg
The peacock on top
Thanks! If you said peacock on top, is the second one not one?
Great choice and for anyone wondering…. never pass on a small Peacock. They have fewer risks and you’ll have the opportunity to watch them grow up in your tank. They’re awesome!
That sounds great! Does anyone know how long it takes for them to reach adult size?
 
Top Shelf Aquatics

vetteguy53081

Well known Member and monster tank lover
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
53,980
Reaction score
119,800
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Wisconsin - Florida in several months
Thanks! If you said peacock on top, is the second one not one?

That sounds great! Does anyone know how long it takes for them to reach adult size?
Both are- the smaller one
 

nmotz

Community Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Aug 30, 2021
Messages
41
Reaction score
28
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Space Coast
Thanks! If you said peacock on top, is the second one not one?

That sounds great! Does anyone know how long it takes for them to reach adult size?
Several years… I had one that small once and it took her about 2 years to grow to around 4” long. She still easily had a few years left to grow, but I gave her away when I had to move cross-country. My current Peacock is 3.5” and he’s molting again soon.
 
OP
Diveks

Diveks

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Sep 3, 2019
Messages
234
Reaction score
103
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Both are- the smaller one
Whoopsj sorry misunderstood thought you meant the one on top is a peacock
Several years… I had one that small once and it took her about 2 years to grow to around 4” long. She still easily had a few years left to grow, but I gave her away when I had to move cross-country. My current Peacock is 3.5” and he’s molting again soon.
never knew they took so long to grow!
 

vetteguy53081

Well known Member and monster tank lover
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
53,980
Reaction score
119,800
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Wisconsin - Florida in several months
Thanks! If you said peacock on top, is the second one not one?

That sounds great! Does anyone know how long it takes for them to reach adult size?
They go through many series of molts and is rather slow process.
 
OP
Diveks

Diveks

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Sep 3, 2019
Messages
234
Reaction score
103
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
5450C443-983E-4441-AB09-1226941DEFFD.jpeg

Heres the temporary tank the mantis will be in. Don’t mind the murky look, it’s not the water its the glass, the tank has been through a lot in the past 10 years.

The aquascape is some leftover rock from a previous build so it’s not that pretty, just a place for the mantis to hide in. I made a long tunnel with two entrances. The pvc is a bit large though since i’ve set it up before looking for available mantises.
 
Corals.com

Brady4000

I just wanted a Mantis Shrimp.
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Oct 7, 2020
Messages
1,424
Reaction score
2,803
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Fiji
I kept my tank dim and I was able to see my mantis all the time. From what I can tell, there eyes are sensitive to light so they don’t like it.

Also there is the possibility of shell rot. But that can also be avoided by keeping up with WC. Good water quality is key.
 

Brady4000

I just wanted a Mantis Shrimp.
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Oct 7, 2020
Messages
1,424
Reaction score
2,803
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Fiji
5450C443-983E-4441-AB09-1226941DEFFD.jpeg

Heres the temporary tank the mantis will be in. Don’t mind the murky look, it’s not the water its the glass, the tank has been through a lot in the past 10 years.

The aquascape is some leftover rock from a previous build so it’s not that pretty, just a place for the mantis to hide in. I made a long tunnel with two entrances. The pvc is a bit large though since i’ve set it up before looking for available mantises.
Looks really good. Put a good amount of rocks for the mantis to build / be able to block off its den. It doesn’t just build with sand.

Get an Aquascape rock, break it down with a hammer and toss it in.
 
OP
Diveks

Diveks

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Sep 3, 2019
Messages
234
Reaction score
103
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Looks really good. Put a good amount of rocks for the mantis to build / be able to block off its den. It doesn’t just build with sand.

Get an Aquascape rock, break it down with a hammer and toss it in.
Also I hope the scape is sitting on glass. It will try and dig under.
Yep its on the glass. Would these things work?
And im guessing i can just distribute it all along the sandbed?
8CEABC26-BBC2-4B26-BD2E-EBF7D1369E17.jpeg
 
REEFTIDE

Have you ever torn down a tank over an issue you couldn't seem to beat?

  • Yes! I have. (Tell us about what issue you faced in the thread.)

    Votes: 176 24.2%
  • No. Thankfully, I haven't.

    Votes: 376 51.7%
  • Nope, but it almost happened. (Share your experience in the thread.)

    Votes: 53 7.3%
  • Not yet, but I'm almost there. (Tell us what you're dealing with.)

    Votes: 61 8.4%
  • If you reef long enough, this will eventually happen to you.

    Votes: 47 6.5%
  • Other

    Votes: 14 1.9%
Queen City Corals
Top