View Full Version : O. scyllarus: strange behavior after water change

12/11/2001, 06:32 AM

I've had my O. scyllarus for just a month and a half or less. He typically hides most of the day in this tube I got from home depot and buried in gravel...He always pokes his head out and readily eats when I put in any food. I very rarely see him come out completely and move around the 10 gallon tank.

Yesterday I did a 20% water change, and was sure the new water was the same temp and salinity...he peeked his head out while I did the change...and after I was done, he came out and was swimming all over the place, and bumping his head into the glass and spinning around and going crazy?!?!?
he did this for over 2 hours...and when I woke up this morning he was still out of his hole and moving around. When I opened the curtains he then went into his hole but did not peak out.

What's he doing? Does he think he's in a new place and trying to search the area? Doesn't make much sense, but no other explanation...Anyone have any thoughts?

12/13/2001, 10:25 AM
The mantis won't eat now. smacks the food away...still hides. possibly about to molt?

12/17/2001, 12:26 PM
the mantis' behavior has returned to normal...
guess it was just confused.