Mantis shrimp captive bred?

Steve Erekson

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The larvae have a one to two month free swimming planktonic stage which makes them extremely difficult to rear. It has been done before in University type settings but I don't expect to see it happen commercially in the foreseeable future. It's a lot of effort for a low demand animal.


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You could look around for people who've had them hitchhike in on live rock. Those are still wild-caught, but would be actively looking for a home, as people who get them accidentally generally don't want them.

Also, I wouldn't be too worried about the impact on wild populations. Mantis shrimp aren't being collected in massive numbers, after all- the demand for them is relatively low, even the pretty ones, since they require a species tank. And they aren't some big, old, slow-growing animal, I'd imagine they breed decently fast.

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