OMG!!! what's this in my tank?

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  1. Oceanwave45

    Oceanwave45 Active Member

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    Where and how did he get into your tank?
     
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    Sorry didn't see this before I asked about the trap below...
     
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  3. Fallling

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    I'm also jumping on the "how'd you trap him" bandwagon. I've had a loud clicking in my tank for a year or two, and keep toying with the idea of setting a trap.
     
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  4. debby

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    put him in an acrylic tank. when they get big enough they can crack the glass of a small tank
     
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    Sautéed with a garlic butter sauce is best
     
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    PSXerholic Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    What kind of trap? Picture and story !!!
     
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  7. mike werner

    mike werner Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    great show on animal planet called killer shrimp.it's all about that beast good watch
     
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    mike werner Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    great show on animal planet called killer shrimp.it's all about that beast good watch
     
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    Mantis shrimp are awesome with their ridiculous speed and cute weird eyes ! Just saw a couple species on a dive trip in Bonaire. Do not eat them with butter, @jkcoon.
     
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    reeftigergal Active Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    yeah tell us all about the great catch.
     
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    reeftigergal Active Member R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Since he is a puncher, put him in an acrylic nano, he can break glass when bigger, FYI
     
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    Wow you are so lucky you caught him. I had to tear down a tank once to get one. I didnt see it for over a year but I had mysterious deaths and saw evidence of its existence constantly. They are awesome in species tanks, I have never gotten around to it but have always said I will have a peacock mantis tank one day, such a cool animal.
     
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    years ago we found one in some living rock we bought. it grew and was fine, until one day it struck the glass with its mandible and cracked it. BEWARE
     
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    years ago we found one in some living rock we bought. it grew and was fine, until one day it struck the glass with its mandible and cracked it. BEWARE
     
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    You didn't happen to get it with some TBS live rock did You? That's where I got my red mantis.
     
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  16. Cary

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    Make sure you identify the type, smasher or spearer. I would guess smasher since you have lost snails.

    I have had several and they are very funny critters. Sometimes they will just come out of the rock hole just to stare at you. Nano tank for sure
     
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    vetteguy53081 Well known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Had same issue and thought " he** no" as I knew already from the sound. Took me 2 months and every invert later that it ate including a sea hare to catch it.
     
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    What kind of trap and can you show pic of trap i need one if it works
     
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    vetteguy53081 Well known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Mine was trapped in order to get it out. It is a simple trap with clear fishing line. You place a piece of shrimp or frozen fish feed and hold door open.
    When the specimen enters, release the string and it is trapped !
    Here are examples. Pic #1 is homemade version with a soda bottle, #2.... most common and #3 is the One I have.

    trap.jpg trap2.jpg trap3.jpg
     
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  20. robert teseo

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    mine came from the gulf of Mexico . I left him in the main tank.1/2 of what you hear is crap. I feed mine on a stick. he comes right out. he never touched a fish. maybe once in a while a hermit or snail. but I feel it,s worth it. part of a real reef
     
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    Dan McNertney Valuable Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    I had a smasher few years back. I would feed fish and shrimp on a skewer couple times a week. He was in a 10 gallon and never had any issues with a glass tank. Here is a video.

     
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