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Mr. Manty
01/21/2017, 06:29 PM
I've had this mantis shrimp for a little over a week now. Yourfishstore.com whom i purchased him from listed it as a Colored Mantis shrimp which looked similar to the peacock mantis shrimp in their photos and after contacting them i was even told that they were the same species. Now that i have him, he is very obviously NOT an O. scyllarus.

I still want try and keep him, but he stopped accepting food after the third day
and now remains inside a little conch shell and never comes out. No food will coax him out even though he was accepting the same shrimp with vigor the first three days.

He has not put any rubble in front of the entrant of the shell and he even came out last night and roamed a bit so i dont know if he is molting.

But here are some photos from last night, please help me identify him and feed him!


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Mr. Manty
01/21/2017, 10:04 PM
Oh and he is only a little over 2 inches. Close to 3 maybe

nmotz
01/22/2017, 12:38 AM
Haptosquilla Stoliura

He won't eat if he's not hungry, but it might be that he's preparing for a molt. They normally stop eating several days prior to a molt. Just be patient and see what happens, cool mantis!

Mr. Manty
01/22/2017, 12:24 PM
Thats what i thought. Sucks that yourfishstore advertises like that.
Here is the store page: http://yourfishstore.com/products/colored-mantis-shrimp-sml

Its just a blatant photo of a peacock.

But anyway i dont think he is molting. He makes no attempts to block out his den and he even roamed about the tank a couple nights ago

Hadla
01/23/2017, 12:46 AM
Makes me want to order one from that site and see what I get!

Mr. Manty
01/23/2017, 06:35 PM
He finally ate tonight! After 7 days. No molting that i ever noticed.

albano
01/25/2017, 03:03 PM
Makes me want to order one from that site and see what I get!

Have you also sent $ to an African lawyer to get your Lottery winnings?
:)

Gonodactylus
01/26/2017, 02:13 PM
It is indeed a Haptosquilla, probably stoliurus, although several Haptosquilla species are difficult to tell apart. It isn't even closely related to an Odontodactylus scyllarus. They are in different families.

Most Haptosquilla are very reclusive and spend most of their time in the entrance of their cavity darting out to catch passing prey.

Roy

Mr. Manty
01/28/2017, 10:54 AM
It is indeed a Haptosquilla, probably stoliurus, although several Haptosquilla species are difficult to tell apart. It isn't even closely related to an Odontodactylus scyllarus. They are in different families.

Most Haptosquilla are very reclusive and spend most of their time in the entrance of their cavity darting out to catch passing prey.

Roy



Well that is exactly how he is behaving!
Thank you for spreading the knowledge, you are why i joined this forum!

I guess this is now a Haptosquilla tank. I dont have the heart to get rid of him so i will just wait until i have tank #2 set up to get a peacock

Newfishgirl
02/10/2017, 08:14 PM
If you're looking for a peacock, my local store, quantumreefs.com has a tiny 2.5-3" female peacock. That's whom I get all my mantis shrimp from and she is stunningly beautiful


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Mr. Manty
02/14/2017, 07:34 PM
If you're looking for a peacock, my local store, quantumreefs.com has a tiny 2.5-3" female peacock. That's whom I get all my mantis shrimp from and she is stunningly beautiful


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I wonder if they would ship me one...
Any way to find out for me?