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resRfun 05-20-2008 06:03 AM

clicking noises...
hey its me again, but ive been hearing some clicking noises coming from my tank... Im sure its not the heater because it doesnt usually click 2 times in a row. The only other organisms i would think that would make a clicking noises are the pistol shrimp, or mantises...

One feeding day there was this black shrimp-like thing that came out of a hole from the lr and snatched some brine shrimp and went back into its hole and from that i never saw that again...

Possibly a mantis?

Cody 05-20-2008 08:00 AM

It could be either a Pistol or Mantis as you said. What kind of inverts do you have in the tank, and how much rock?

resRfun 05-20-2008 02:37 PM

its a 10 gal, about 8-10 pounds of rock at the moment. I plan on getting some clean up crew or some kind of shrimp or emerald crab today.

I only have an anemone in my tank (for all i know) And just a clown fish

MattD 05-20-2008 03:13 PM

The clicking in my tank can definitely be credited to the pistol shrimp.

But if you've seen a black 'shrimp-like' creature it may very well be a mantis shrimp. :o :o

resRfun 05-20-2008 03:26 PM

are any of those things a good thing to have?

Cody 05-20-2008 04:41 PM

Dont get any inverts untill you get the shrimp out. They should become snacks.

Try luring it out with "the water bottle trick." You get the bottle, cut off the top, flip it and stick it in the opening, creating a funnel. Place a raw cocktail shrimp (one we would eat) in it and wait. Don't place the bottle in the open; place it near the back so he will be lured into it. The shrimp wont be able to get out of the funnel since the opening is confusing for them.

aurawolf 05-21-2008 12:26 AM

The mantis shrimp would be a big no no if you want anything alive in the tank that is, pistol shrimp I don't think are that bad. From what I have read they don't seem to be super aggressive.

MattD 05-21-2008 11:21 AM

Pistol Shrimp are not inherently aggressive, but they can be - particularly towards other shrimp species. I once saw a video of a pistol shrimp stunning and eating a fire shrimp (their pistol claw is designed to stun their prey momentarily).

Although if you keep it fed well, I doubt it would attack other inverts in the tank.

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