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Mr. Manty
01/25/2017, 12:09 PM
I ordered their "colored mantis shrimp" which is advertised with a photo of a peacock and was even told by one of their reps that it was the same species as the peacock. It sure had the same price as a peacock as well.

http://yourfishstore.com/products/colored-mantis-shrimp-sml

The species they sent me is an
Haptosquilla Stoliura

And now they will noy communicate after 3 days after thet said they would solve the problem.

What can i do?

Mr. Manty
01/25/2017, 12:10 PM
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2620280

Here are photos of what they sent me

nmotz
01/26/2017, 08:18 AM
Unfortunately these kinds of things do happen. I honestly don't know what to tell you. Sometimes a company won't take responsibility for a mistaken identity like that. I'm sure there is some way you could report them, but that's about it.

I always ask the vendor to confirm with me through photos that it is indeed a Peacock. If they can't or won't do that, I don't buy from them. Most vendors nowadays will be happy to provide photos.

Mr. Manty
01/28/2017, 10:49 AM
Im new tot he hobby... Well live and learn.

I am gonna keep him as he is quite cute.

Ill just get a peacock when i set up another tank.

EI Gringo
01/30/2017, 07:46 AM
Always see mantis via at least a photo before you buy them, no "professional" aquatics person knows anything about them except for those like myself who actively keep them. Even our wholesalers make mistakes on IDs.

Mr. Manty
01/30/2017, 08:41 PM
Always see mantis via at least a photo before you buy them, no "professional" aquatics person knows anything about them except for those like myself who actively keep them. Even our wholesalers make mistakes on IDs.

Im beginning to see that...
I didnt realize how niche they were. I thought at the very least a peacock would be easy to identify for even non hobbyist

nmotz
01/30/2017, 11:23 PM
Im beginning to see that...
I didnt realize how niche they were. I thought at the very least a peacock would be easy to identify for even non hobbyist

That's what I thought too. But when I got into the hobby almost 5 years ago, my first mantis was sold to me as a Peacock when it was actually a Chiragra.

Hadla
01/31/2017, 01:16 AM
Geez chiragras must be the most common mantis available

MMacro
01/31/2017, 12:42 PM
Im beginning to see that...
I didnt realize how niche they were. I thought at the very least a peacock would be easy to identify for even non hobbyist

They should know the right animal that they are shipping out though. If not then they are highly unprofessional.

nmotz
01/31/2017, 02:13 PM
Geez chiragras must be the most common mantis available

I think they are actually. They are extremely hardy so they often survive the long trip from the Tropics as hitchhikers. For some reason, everyone in the business thinks that every mantis is automatically a Peacock haha.

Gonodactylus
02/01/2017, 09:40 AM
Actually, G. chiragra rarely show up as hitchhikers. They usually are not found living in what is sold as live rock. They are targeted because they are relatively large and easy to collect.

One interesting note, however. When have you ever seen a small G. chiragra less than about 4 cm. I've collected hundreds of G. chiragra and it is unusual to find a small one. We don't understand the habitat that they live in for their first couple of years.

Roy

nmotz
02/01/2017, 10:12 AM
Actually, G. chiragra rarely show up as hitchhikers. They usually are not found living in what is sold as live rock. They are targeted because they are relatively large and easy to collect.

One interesting note, however. When have you ever seen a small G. chiragra less than about 4 cm. I've collected hundreds of G. chiragra and it is unusual to find a small one. We don't understand the habitat that they live in for their first couple of years.

Roy

Yeah that's a good point, I've never seen one smaller than about 3-3.5 inches. I would think that they would be easier to collect at all sizes given that they are cavity dwellers. But like you said their early lives aren't well understood I guess.

Moort82
02/01/2017, 11:55 AM
I have a chiragra which Roy kindly identified a couple of years back and it was tiny, 3 cm or so from memory, when I found it in the lfs coral bay under a coral. I'm assuming it came in on a coral from Indonesia. It's now a good 4".

Hadla
02/01/2017, 01:19 PM
I have a chiragra which Roy kindly identified a couple of years back and it was tiny, 3 cm or so from memory, when I found it in the lfs coral bay under a coral. I'm assuming it came in on a coral from Indonesia. It's now a good 4".

I'd love to just randomly find one at the lfs!

Breadman03
02/01/2017, 06:57 PM
Actually, G. chiragra rarely show up as hitchhikers. They usually are not found living in what is sold as live rock. They are targeted because they are relatively large and easy to collect.



One interesting note, however. When have you ever seen a small G. chiragra less than about 4 cm. I've collected hundreds of G. chiragra and it is unusual to find a small one. We don't understand the habitat that they live in for their first couple of years.



Roy



I'm elated to see you posting here again!

nmotz
02/02/2017, 11:09 AM
Haha, I just saw yet another G. Chiragra at an LFS mislabeled as a Peacock. I made sure they corrected the error. It was a male, about 3" long.

Moort82
02/07/2017, 06:56 AM
I'd love to just randomly find one at the lfs!

I also had a guy travel 50 miles to bring me one that he thought was eating his hermit. Turned out the hermit was still in the shell which is why the mantis had its bum sticking out.

Hadla
02/07/2017, 07:47 AM
That's funny!

joyluvsrod2013
05/15/2017, 01:32 PM
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joyluvsrod2013
05/15/2017, 01:33 PM
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joyluvsrod2013
05/15/2017, 01:33 PM
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joyluvsrod2013
05/15/2017, 02:09 PM
373435actually, g. Chiragra rarely show up as hitchhikers. They usually are not found living in what is sold as live rock. They are targeted because they are relatively large and easy to collect.

One interesting note, however. When have you ever seen a small g. Chiragra less than about 4 cm. I've collected hundreds of g. Chiragra and it is unusual to find a small one. We don't understand the habitat that they live in for their first couple of years.

Roy

Gonodactylus
05/15/2017, 02:29 PM
Gonodactylus chiragra.

Roy

joyluvsrod2013
05/15/2017, 03:34 PM
Gonodactylus chiragra.

Roy

THANK YOU.
can you guess how old? boy? girl?

Gonodactylus
05/15/2017, 03:57 PM
It appears to be a male. We don't have hard data on how fast G. chiragra develop in the field. My guess based on other species would be 5-8 years.

Roy

joyluvsrod2013
05/16/2017, 07:39 AM
Thank you

Han Solo
05/25/2017, 08:48 PM
Contact them again and say you will issue a chargeback from your bank. If they don't respond within one day I would go ahead and call your bank. Literally they scammed you and are now ignoring you.

Mr. Manty
05/26/2017, 10:31 AM
Hans,

No worries! They finally got back to me when i filed a complain with the BBB!
Got a refund and will never use them again.