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Old 08/03/2008, 04:08 PM   #76
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My wife has taken to the mantis shrimp and she wants one! I cant have anything else for my reef tank till she has hers! My question is for a beginner who wants to have other fish in the tank what type of mantis shrimp would you suggest?


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Old 08/07/2008, 04:57 PM   #77
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Gonodactylus chiragra, smithii or platysoma usually leave large non-predator fish alone. The same is true of Neogonodactylids. While I don't recommend it, many people have kept fish with a 3 inch gonodactylid for years.

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Old 08/10/2008, 12:26 AM   #78
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Thank you for the info


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Old 08/10/2008, 04:10 PM   #79
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I have 1 armatus, 3 chromis and 1 salarias with my scyllarus and he doesnt even look at them funny. The mantis is about 17 centimeters.

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Old 08/16/2008, 05:19 PM   #80
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Ok I have a couple questions about the peacock mantis ( which is the one my wife wants). If I get her a small one what is the smallest tank size I can get away with? Also would a lion fish be a possible co-habitant with it?


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Old 08/26/2008, 04:59 PM   #81
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I think a lion fish would be a bad idea. Most people recommend 20gallons min. and I think Roy's list has it at 26gal. I would go for a 30 personally, especially if you want to chance putting fish with your stomato


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Old 08/26/2008, 05:08 PM   #82
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oh, and to answer the lionfish better...

If its a full grown voltaire then I think theres a chance it'll eat the mantis, or at least try.
If its a dwarf, the mantis might kill the lionfish.
Either way... 2 predators... 1 tank.
I've read the forums quite a bit and have also heard of the mantis being successfully consumed BUT, not yet killed, and it proceeds to pound the guts of the fish into oblivion from the inside as they both die horrible deaths.
My plan has been to keep a mantis in 1 tank and a dwarf lion in another tank... I like each animal so much I'd hate to see either or both die fighting each other.


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Old 09/14/2008, 09:19 PM   #83
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wow, this list looks very interesting. the idea of keeping a stomatopod in a special tank has been slowly getting into my head since they are apparently a more intelligent creature than most. at my local pet shop, there is a peacock smasher and a zebra spearer and im very intriqued by the way the set up their homes with what they got. i didnt know there was so many species.

oh, and did anyone notice that the picture of the Neogonodactylus wennerae species looks like Dr. Eggman from the sonic video games? i thought it looked cool anyways, but now...


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Old 10/18/2008, 06:58 PM   #84
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I have just recently acquired a Odontodactylus scyllarus.

What a beautiful and interesting creature. These creatures seem to be very engaging and intelligent.

Is there anyway of knowing what sex she/he maybe ?




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Old 10/19/2008, 02:09 AM   #85
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Males have a pair of copulatory tubes hanging down from the inside base of the last pair of walking legs.

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Old 10/19/2008, 04:00 AM   #86
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Thanks for the info Roy.

I can imagine not easy to check


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Old 10/19/2008, 08:03 AM   #87
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Quote:
Originally posted by Warr7207
Thanks for the info Roy.

I can imagine not easy to check
Unless you're a female mantis


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Old 07/30/2009, 02:13 PM   #88
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Old 12/28/2009, 12:04 PM   #89
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I've noticed that my male G. chiragra has two white dots on his upper dorsal carapace beneath the rostral plate. Is this a species characteristic? I looked on the site but didn't see a note on this feature. Also I have been observing since I got my S. rugosa that she seems to be nocturnal, that is she comes out of her burrow when the lights are out but stays inside during the day. This happens regularly so it isn't correlated with a lunar phase to my knowledge.


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Old 12/28/2009, 12:11 PM   #90
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Squilla rugosa, like most squillids, are nocturnal foraging a short distance from their burrows at night. This correlates with the fact that their eyes have evolved for low-light vision (they do not distinguish color).

Don't know about spots on G. chiragra, Many photos that I have of various color morphs do not have them.

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Old 12/29/2009, 12:04 AM   #91
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That matches my S. rugosa's behavior perfectly. So squillids' eyes are not the same as say gonodactylids'? So not only have their raptorial appendages been modified but their eyes differ according habitat and prey? Interesting, I had no idea spearers and smashers were so different.

I guess the spots on my chiragra are just a color morph then, just wondering. Thanks for the quick reply.


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Old 02/20/2010, 03:50 PM   #92
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hey awesome list roy thanks a lot. does anyone know where i can get zebra mantis i really want one. if someone knows where i can get one please let me know


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Old 03/09/2010, 12:58 AM   #93
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MAN, That.is.awesome!

I need to do some research on those and try to find one or two for my tank


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Old 06/28/2010, 06:53 PM   #94
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Was eying the list right now as it's slow from work. Noticed something on the notes concerning O.scyllarus. It says "Aquarium size (adult): 100 l". Does that mean 100 liters, as in 26 gallons?


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Old 03/11/2011, 03:18 AM   #95
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I have a question Roy. I had no idea on the mantis i was buying pre hand. I accidently bought a Gonodactylaceus ternatensis. Ive had him for 3 months now. He's about 4-5 inches. He's molted once. He's only in a 20g tank with 48 watts.

The more reading i do one these guys the more im curious. Could i put more light on my tank? I mean these guys are found in shallow water and in sps corals? I plan on moving him to a 55g in the fall just want to know if a "brighter" light to keep sps would give him shell rot or do any harm.

Roy could you also tell me how big he can get? Im afraid hes going to out grow the 20g.


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Old 03/11/2011, 12:18 PM   #96
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It can handle more light as long as it has a dark burrow.

The largest G. ternatensis ever recorded was 12.4 cm, but they rarely get over 8 cm.

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Old 03/11/2011, 05:43 PM   #97
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Wow, if the ID is correct i might have a record on my hands....when he passes i'll have to bust out the ruler! I'll get some better pictures and we'll see. Thanks Roy!


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Old 03/11/2011, 05:47 PM   #98
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Measure from the tips of the eyes to the tip of the telson. Don't include the antennules.

12.4 cm is not only the largest G. ternatensis, it is the largest individual in the family Gonodactylidae.

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Old 04/03/2011, 01:51 PM   #99
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Old 06/08/2011, 02:58 AM   #100
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