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xDetroitMetalx

Hello again! I didn't see mine on the list but I do have one. Actually I believe it's the same species above!

 

His left claw fell off in the last molt. I believe due to messed up salinity. He's eating though and I hope to see it growing back in his next molt. It won't be fully usable again until a year from now though :(

 

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Islandoftiki
Hello again! I didn't see mine on the list but I do have one. Actually I believe it's the same species above!

 

That does look very similar to mine. However, I don't see that speckling on the carapace that yours has. Or, it's not very visible. Mine is pretty dark in color. He's been lurking in the shadows of the tank all day, so I don't have any new or more detailed photos of him.

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xDetroitMetalx

He's a pretty old one, about 5-6"... Kind of hard to measure something that wants to kill you. I started feeding him a frozen sheet of krill when I first got him. It was so burned by the freezer I bought a new container of individually frozen krill. He was all over that stuff and was super aggressive when I fed it to him, which I think means he really likes it. After one molt of him eating that his color was much brighter and he looked very different. He was sold to me as a Peacock, I knew he wasn't but bought him anyway for $60 I think. I gave up trying to ID it.

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Islandoftiki
He's a pretty old one, about 5-6"... Kind of hard to measure something that wants to kill you. I started feeding him a frozen sheet of krill when I first got him. It was so burned by the freezer I bought a new container of individually frozen krill. He was all over that stuff and was super aggressive when I fed it to him, which I think means he really likes it. After one molt of him eating that his color was much brighter and he looked very different. He was sold to me as a Peacock, I knew he wasn't but bought him anyway for $60 I think. I gave up trying to ID it.

 

Sure is a good looking one!

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xDetroitMetalx

2nd one is great!

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Islandoftiki
2nd one is great!

 

I want to make that into a t-shirt!

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donk1800

Here is my first mantis, she is a Gonodactylus ternatensis. Such an interesting creature!!!

 

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This is a pic of his home.

 

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thedude123

Hi, I am new to saltwater creatures etc. I would like ti start a 20g tank and eventually get a mantis shrimp. I just need some friendly opinion and good advice.

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Tamberav

Hi, I am new to saltwater creatures etc. I would like ti start a 20g tank and eventually get a mantis shrimp. I just need some friendly opinion and good advice.

 

smithii or wennerae would work well in there if you plan to light the tank for corals.

 

Here guys, enjoy! This is from Kharn over at the Reef Central mantis forum:

 

Rise of the Planet of the Stomatopods

 

oh my god, I want it to be a real movie. lol

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thedude123

My plan is to decorate the tank w/ brightly colored coral and rock to give my mantis some fake natural camoflauge lol. I want to have it resemble a kelp forest.

 

I also have a question that I've been looking for a reliable answer. In my tank I want to include a few schooling fish to add sone more color to and liveliness to the tank. Will a smasher try to eat them or act out territorially towards them?

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Tamberav

My plan is to decorate the tank w/ brightly colored coral and rock to give my mantis some fake natural camoflauge lol. I want to have it resemble a kelp forest.

 

I also have a question that I've been looking for a reliable answer. In my tank I want to include a few schooling fish to add sone more color to and liveliness to the tank. Will a smasher try to eat them or act out territorially towards them?

 

Yes and no. It depends on each mantis.. sometimes they can live together for awhile and one will eventually become lunch. They may also never eat one. Keep it well fed and it is a lot less likely to eat one. My mantis will chase the fish around the tank now and again when they piss her off. Basically when they steal her food or get in her face. They are fast too.. she can keep right on my damsels heels tail fin.

 

Best bet is fast, non-bottom dwelling fish who aren't easily stressed. I keep mine with a clown, damsel, and a sixline. Cheap is nice too in case one gets ate. Mantises are smart and any fish that gets stressed and sick or injured will most likely be caught and ate while a healthy fast fish isn't worth the trouble if there is readily available food.

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ndrobey

As for a mantis punching out an aquarium glass wall? I doubt it. There is no true evidence that it has ever happened.

 

Oh yes it has!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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dixie reefer

As of 11:30 last night, I became the proud owner of this little guy.

 

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MikeyP19

Hey guys, I’ve had my peacock for a few months now, and he’s only molted once. He was bitten by my niger trigger, on one of the flaps near his head, when there was one in the tank with him, shortly after he molted. I don’t know if that has something to do with it? Also sometimes the “hair” on his tail fins fray and he loses some... is that normal? Hoping to get all the help and info I need. Thank you.

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mndfreeze

Why did you have him in with a trigger?!?!?  You know they eat shrimp right?

 

What else is in the tank with it now and what are your parameters?

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