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post #31 of 37 Old 03-08-2008, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Too small to see all that detail on the little guy but it kind of had that body shape. Its a clearish color right now. Should I keep an eye on him to see if he becomes something like that. I remember reading in a book on salt water inverts that mantis shrimp are sometimes called "thumbsplitters" because they can lash out and cut/puncture your skin.

And what about the red spots? What are they?
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post #32 of 37 Old 03-08-2008, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Ah sorry, didn't see you had answered about the red spots. Does coraline normally grow up or does it spread out against the rock. A few pieces are growing up.
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post #33 of 37 Old 03-08-2008, 02:22 PM
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I think your red spots are coraline algea. That is good.

But the srimp doesn't have to have that coloration or detail. Let me know if the body shape resembles it.
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post #34 of 37 Old 03-08-2008, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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He did kind of look like that. I will try and get another look at him if he comes out of hiding. He was less than an inch long and had an elongated body with several legs underneath, so yes, very similar to the shrimp you just showed me.
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post #35 of 37 Old 03-08-2008, 02:45 PM
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I would try to get him out. If it is in fact a mantis shrimp, then you really need to get him out. If you know it is in the LR, I would take the rock out and set it on a plate for a while. He should crawl out. Since you dont have much LR yet, that shouldnt be a problem.If you know what crevice/hole it is in, then you can spary it with seltzer water/carbonated water. If none of these work, then you can make a DIY trap cave. I will try to find a link for one.
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post #36 of 37 Old 04-02-2008, 04:50 PM
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i've been looking to start a SW tank that is close to this size so it helps to see yours, but a quick ?. Those mantis shrimp i think i saw on TV one time. Are those the ones that when they are bigger can break aquariums with their fore arms when they "punch" the glass.
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post #37 of 37 Old 04-02-2008, 06:15 PM
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i've been looking to start a SW tank that is close to this size so it helps to see yours, but a quick ?. Those mantis shrimp i think i saw on TV one time. Are those the ones that when they are bigger can break aquariums with their fore arms when they "punch" the glass.
Those are probably the one. But, not many can reach the size where they can actually break the glass, but do not underestimate them.

Just dont stick your hand in the tank with one roaming around.

Good luck with a tank, DC. I will follow you.

And Twitch, any new updates? :)
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