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j4ckfish
12/28/2016, 01:32 AM
I received a mantis recently having ordered a "assorted mantis shrimp 8-9cm" and received a 12cm spearer mantis I used him anyway, not sure the type but sure its pretty common
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He's doing well and eating and doesn't touch any of my fish or corals since I keep him well fed, I think he is either blind or stupid since he doesn't have much sense of direction.
Cheers jack,

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nmotz
12/29/2016, 08:02 AM
I'll let others chime in, but that might be one that you want to take back to the LFS. Spearers usually need a long vertically-oriented burrow in a very deep sand bed (8-12"). You can also use PVC but they won't do well just burrowing under a rock like a regular smashing mantis. He probably appears like he doesn't have a sense of direction because that species doesn't usually leave the protection of its burrow. Just a recommendation, but I'd send it back and ask that the vendor replace it at their cost. Best of luck to you!

j4ckfish
12/29/2016, 02:19 PM
Cheers

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