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Hot Tips: Mantis Shrimp Tips

By Advanced Aquarist's Readers Posted Oct 14, 2006 08:00 PM Pomacanthus Publications, Inc.
This month, our readers give advice on how to remove a mantis shrimp from your tank.

A selection of useful tidbits of information and tricks for the marine aquarist submitted by Advanced Aquarist's readership. Readers are encouraged to post them to our Hot Tips sticky in the General Reefkeeping Discussion forum or send their tips to for possible publication. Next month's Hot Tip theme will be "Anemone Tips".

Mantis Shrimp Removal Tips:



Mantis shrimp. Photo by Nicolas Will.

The only way I could get the one out of my tank was soda water.

I pulled the rock out the mantis was in and dumped a 2 liter of soda water over the rock.

The mantis came shooting out. I dipped the rock in old water change water and back into the tank it went.

The mantis went into his own tank.

Submitted by: Bingo

I just took the whole rock he was in and put it in a 5 gallon bowfront nano. Of course the rock was located on the bottom of all my rock in the 155 gallon reef.

Picked up the 5 gal from the fish store, it came with a hood and a hang on filter. Tossed in a heater, some old tank water, and a compact flourescent, a couple of mushrooms, and viola! Instant end table conversation piece.

Submitted by: Laura D



Mantis shrimp. Photo by Nicolas Will.

I have also used this method. I had an idea of which rock the mantis was in and removed it from the tank and put it in an empty bucket. I used a turkey baster to shoot club soda into the holes in the rock. On the second hole the mantis shot right out. I put the rock back into the tank, and the mantis into a 5 gallon tank. Very simple and humane.

Submitted by: Meloco14

Yet another vote for the club soda method of eviction, except that I found that using a turkey baster to really flood the holes in the rock is the fastest way to get them to leave.

Submitted by: Lawdawg

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