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Dixie's mantis adventure!

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dixie reefer

So I finally got a mantis shrimp! Found a guy locally that found what looks to be a neogonodactylus oerstedii in his rock. I ended up meeting him at 11:30 pm at a gas station to get it. He's about 2" long with an attitude! He was snapping in the way home and it scared the bejesus out of me! I had put him in a container in my sump for the night and moved him into his home this morning.

 

 

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Pics from last night

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This morning

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Islandoftiki

Awesome! Following along!

 

If you want to know if it's a boy or a girl, look for two little sticks right at the rear set of walking legs in front of swimmer fins that sit like this: \ /

 

Here's a picture. Boys have the two "sticks" and girls have nothing. (Well, they don't have nothing, you just can't see their junk so easily)

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dixie reefer

Thanks! I will check if I ever see it come out of the rocks haha. I put him in and he went straight to the pipe burrow and then found hus way into the rocks on top of the burrow. I think, regardless if its male or female, I'm going to name him/her Kraken.

 

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calebkraft

What an adorable little monster!

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dixie reefer

I know! I sure lucked out, got him for free!

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calebkraft

I wouldn't have been able to pass up a free mantis! Are you planning on adding coral to this tank?

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Tamberav

Look at those puppy dog eyes :wub:

 

Following along :)

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dixie reefer
I wouldn't have been able to pass up a free mantis! Are you planning on adding coral to this tank?

 

Well I did add a colony of zoas because I can't seem to get the nuisance algae off of it and I don't want it to spread to my other corals in my other tank. Other than that, I don't plan on putting coral in this tank. I do however, want to put some macro in here.

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FlowerMama

Love that picture of it in the bag staring at you with its big eyes, and wow, it'll stand out so pretty in that tank!!! I'm now catching up on threads, trying to relax my heart after that experience I just had. I'm making dinner and I haven't read the reply posts yet to my drama. and I don't like drama. Welcome Kraken!!!

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Zia

Another New thread,lol :P

 

Congrats on the new googly eyed smasher!

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dixie reefer

:D Thanks everyone for following! I'm totally smitten with Kracken. He's still a little shy, but so cute so its ok. I caught him peeking out of his den while I was cooking supper.

 

Yes Zia, another thread! :P

 

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FlowerMama

I'm assuming he's pretty quiet right now? checking things out?

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Islandoftiki

So adorable! They're too freakin' cute for their own good.

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dixie reefer

I know! He started moving about more so I decided to feed him.

 

 

I think he has claimed this rock pile haha

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Eyeballing the killer emerald.

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zeke2020

Seems like everyone is catching mantis fever!!!!

Rad lil guy you got there!

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FlowerMama

Ha, he looks stunning against the white backdrop. It actually brings out those pretty, subtle yellows- I'm really surprised at how gentle he was removing it. Mine go after it like's it's the last meal they're ever have.

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Maniu

Love the video and pic of him checking out his next meal lol

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Tamberav

Awesome pictures! Makes me realize I need to find a cheap light so I can take some pics...

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Islandoftiki

The video is very cute. He looks to be pretty non-aggressive. No indication of attacking the forceps. Might be able to hand feed that one. If you dare!

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dixie reefer

I love how, in the the vid where he was reaching for the food, he was like gimmie gimmie gimme. Lol

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Islandoftiki

I love how, in the the vid where he was reaching for the food, he was like gimmie gimmie gimme. Lol

 

That's what Chuck does; reeeeeaaaach for it.

 

Betty swims up and latches onto the forceps to make sure nothing is left behind and doesn't let go until she's convinced she has it all.

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hypostatic

Thanks! I will check if I ever see it come out of the rocks haha. I put him in and he went straight to the pipe burrow and then found hus way into the rocks on top of the burrow. I think, regardless if its male or female, I'm going to name him/her Kraken.

 

So I guess you could say that you.....

 

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released the kraken.

 

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dixie reefer

Haha thats why I named him that!

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dixie reefer

I walked into the kitchen today and found Kraken swimming all over the tank and at the top of the water like he was freaking out, and that made me freak out. I ran to the tank and put my hands on the lid to make sure the little guy didn't get out of the tank and started talking to him (don't judge me) and he settled down and just stared at me and finally ran into the rocks.

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FlowerMama

Just needed his mother's love. Maybe for whatever reason he just got spooked. He'll be better w/ some color in the tank probably. I work the hrs the post office is open but I'll see what I can do to get it out to you soon.

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