HOW TO REMOVE A MANTIS SHRIMP FROM A SALTWATER AQUARIUM
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- These animals are burrowers in nature. When encountering an obstruction, their natural instinct is to smash away until their path is clear. In your tank, this could lead to chipping away and eventually shattering your glass if they are big enough.
- They are not picky eaters and will hunt both your fish and invertebrates alike.
- There is a reason that commercial fishermen have named these creatures “thumb-splitters”. Fish keepers can be seriously harmed when coming into contact with a mantis shrimp, especially if they are adult-sized.
How Do You Know You Have a Mantis Shrimp in Your Tank?
Mantis shrimp are very hardy animals that usually enter a tank through “hitchhiking” onto live rock. The first inkling that you have one in your tank is a tapping or clicking noise coming from your aquarium. Another clue may be disappearing fish or dead crustaceans with cracked shells. You may not actually see the mantis shrimp in your tank because they tend to burrow, so keep an eye out for these signs.
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- Cut the bottle at the widest point (between the top of bottle and sides - this will leave the top part of the bottle that looks like a funnel.
- Invert the funnel and place it inside the bottle. The drinking hole should now be facing the bottom of the bottle. (Please see the diagram link in “Further Reading” for an illustration.)
- Place seafood bait in bottle.
- Submerge the trap in your tank to fill with water. Place trap at bottom of your tank on top of the substrate.
- Check back often to see when you’ve caught your mantis. Then, remove the trap with the mantis inside.
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