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Old 03-28-2011, 05:11 PM   #1 
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Lightbulb Peacock Shrimp (Mantis Shrimp) Pet

Yay or nay?

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Old 03-28-2011, 10:43 PM   #2 
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Mantis shrimp are great pets. They are bright and fun to feed. They aren't actually shrimp though. Just remember, they will kill all other saltwater organisms.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:46 PM   #3 
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Yeah, I would have him alone lol. I love watching youtube videos about them even though their eyeballs freak me out. I think he would be very expensive to feed if you can't find a pet store or any sort of store that sells live crabs or food for it.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:29 PM   #4 
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I dont know where it starts and where it ends
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:14 PM   #5 
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They are very strong, they have been known to break aquariums.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:32 PM   #6 
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^^^ What Turtle said. They're very cool but I wouldn't want to own one. I was at Big Al's (fish store) a while back and I was taking to an employee about the mantis shrimp they had on sale- apparently one of their other employees had a finger badly broken from one of those things.
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:06 AM   #7 
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You're not supposed to stick your hands inside the tank. You handle it with tongs. See how the world corrects itself?
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:11 AM   #8 
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Aww that seems like it would hurt him :(

But what would you do if he broke the aquarium?
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:13 AM   #9 
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It looks awesome!
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:20 PM   #10 
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You're supposed to have an acryllic aquarium with him so he can't break it as easily, but if he broke the aquarium, you'd have to hope: A) he isn't dead by the time you found out, or B) you have an extra one somewhere. I think it would be hard to save him unless he's more lobster than anything. I think I've seen lobsters live outside of water okay, but of course they can't do it for too long.

I was surprised when I found cooking recipes about eating Peacock Shrimps lol. It seems more like a bug than a crustacean to me.
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