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Old 04/15/2015, 11:44 AM   #1
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My Mantis

Found a Mantis that has been secluded to a tank by himself but definitely now have the job of making a bigger set up for him. I see there is a lot of information already on here so I am very greatful for that. He is already unafraid and readily taking food from me....I am certain he would grab it from my hand or along with my hand but I am so far smarter than this. Haha. Attached is a picture. I keep trying to figure out what he is for sure so I can see what I need to allow him a long life but remain uncertain so if anyone is an expert please chime in. . Thanks and so happy to be here.

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Old 04/15/2015, 11:56 AM   #2
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Maybe N. Wennerae?

Mantis shrimp are the best!

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Old 04/15/2015, 12:23 PM   #3
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I kind of hope so. Would like him to tay relatively small. I didn't plan on another tank but he is to cool to part with. Haha

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Old 04/15/2015, 01:13 PM   #4
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Most likely N Wennerae, get a close up picture of the telson for a positive ID.

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Old 04/15/2015, 04:51 PM   #5
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What is a telson....I am sorry. Dumb to Mantis.... That's the farthest out of his home I have got him. Dropped him some fish and he hasn't came out since. Haha. Reading some of this I have a question. If I took him out of the tank in the same rock he hitchhiked in on should I still try this PVC thing you guys speak of? He obviously lived there in the ocean and is still in his same hole.....will he want to change his burrow?

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Old 04/15/2015, 10:25 PM   #6
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The telson is basicly the "tail" of the mantis shrimp.

I think it's N. wennerae regardless.

N. wennerae doesn't require PVC like larger Odontodactylids. They mainly prefer to mine their own cavity.


Current Tank Info: 125 Gallon Mixed Reef Housing Hymenocera; 30 Gallon L Housing Odontodactylus scyllarus; Refugium (attached to 125) Housing Neogonodactylus wennerae, Hepatus epheliticus, and Protoreaster nodosus (Feeders)
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Old 04/16/2015, 02:07 AM   #7
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Definitely a wennerae, a species I would also love to have

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Old 05/06/2015, 10:47 AM   #8
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it is wennerae, very nice looking...

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