Mantis in the Nano

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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-01-21 14:56

Grief - 5 months???
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Postby Kev » 2006-01-21 14:58

Yup, only 5 months for the Nano :lol:
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-01-21 16:54

:lol:
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Postby Kev » 2006-03-07 12:18

Well I found out what the clicking was. The only reason I found out is because I am breaking down my Nano and am upgrading to a 9g tank rather than the 5g it is in. Well anyway, I was lifting the rock out and something caught my eye. My first thoughs were:

's**t a mantis'

... but no, the shrimp bit was right, it was in fact a Pistol Shrimp that has been causing all the clicking, this really does explain the shrimp exoskelton I saw not long ago. This little guy I found is about 2cm long and it seems to be a Tiger Pistol Shrimp due to the stripes on the body(?)

I cannot believe how much of a good find this is, here is a picture of the little guy so you can all see for yourselves:

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Postby saracen » 2006-03-07 12:23

Awwwww, cute! At least you know now, and know you aren't going crazy!

Good luck with the move! :tup:
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Postby Kev » 2006-03-07 12:33

Yeah there isn't really much stuff to move because ummmm... the Nano crashed :( Luckily my Candy Cane is fine so thats all I am happy about really. The above reason I am breaking the tank down, the 9g won't be set up till about the end of next week now. I have moved the Candy Cane temperarily to the Pico and am doing the same with the Pistol shrimp... maybe I will have to get it a Shrimp Goby when I come to adding Livestock the new Nano ^_^
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Postby saracen » 2006-03-07 12:45

Cool! A fishy to play with!

Sorry about your crash.... :(
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Postby Surface » 2006-03-07 12:51

Wow, sorry to hear about your nano crash.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-03-07 13:08

Haha - a clicky shrimp!
Nice.
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Ohh they have some gorgeous Goby things at my LFS - they're rich green with all the colours of the rainbow on... Pretty critturs. Like this fella...

<a href='http://petsolutions.com/images/200/125800L.jpg' target='_blank'>Green Mandarin Goby - Thanks to PetSolutions.com</a>
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Postby leedham » 2006-03-07 15:41

thats a mandarinfish its a dragonsomething or other i dont thinkits a goby for some reason
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Postby Kev » 2006-03-07 16:21

Yeah its a Mandarinfish, extremely hard to keep due to its feeding habits
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Postby saracen » 2006-03-07 16:24

Those are the ones that wont take any kind of prepared foods? Really beautiful to look at, but need the pods to survive, and mostly come in starving anyway.

what does a shrimp goby look like Kev? Google gave me too many options...
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Postby Kev » 2006-03-07 16:30

Mandarin Fish only really eat Copepods but there are some lucky people out there who have managed to get it eating frozen foods but they cannot live on this alone, a seperate refugium is really needed to keep them alive as it gives the 'pods a place to reproduce

lol yeah there are loads of different Shrimp gobies out there but the ones I am looking at getting are Yellow Watchman Gobies which are Yellow (duh!!) and have metallic blue spots all over the head... like so....

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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-03-08 14:07

Oh lol - Victor Aquatics (the one I really hate) has them listed as a type of Goby.
Sixhills, my fave - doesn't have labels on - probably for that reason - they like to tell you about the fish to make sure you can keep it before they'll tell you the price. Nice touch if you ask me.

Pretty though, and theirs are always so healthy and swimming around gracefully - they move like butterflies...
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-03-08 14:08

If you need copepods, I have lots in my snail tank if you can supply them with a good home lol!
When I looked on Google for a pic of a copepod, it hit me that's what they are in there!
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