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Old 03-30-2011, 12:26 PM   #11 
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They're kind of creepy! I would be so scared to have a pet that would break my fingers if I got too close!
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Old 03-30-2011, 02:09 PM   #12 
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Well, if the tank does break, I would just hope that it wasn't on the second story on hardwood floooring! That would be terrible. How big of a tank do they need?
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:10 PM   #13 
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An arcrylic tank solves that problem. Anyways, just don't buy snails that crawl on the glass and feed him with tongs. A small species 3 inches would do fine in a 5-10 gallon aquarium. A peacock mantis shrimp (the species the OP talks about) need 30 gallons. They are very easy to care fore, and you don't need to worry as much about salt parameters. The two types are smashers and spearers. Smashers use their hands to smash things open, while spearers thrust their hand through soft bodied organisms.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:32 AM   #14 
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one of these bad boys materialised in our Marine tank, must have come in as a juvenile in the rock work, then one day was just THERE...massive! and having a go at our marine fish!!!! needless to say he was rapidly removed. it even took my brother's boss a few days to figure out what it was, not a pleasant chappy to have with fish by all accounts!

can't deny the impressive colouring of them tho!

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Old 03-31-2011, 10:22 AM   #15 
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How do they break the glass? Smashing into it?
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:28 AM   #16 
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What is this I dont even


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This thing is frightening! Oh my goodness, ahhh! I like its colors, though.
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:03 PM   #17 
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I read that the smashers have the same power as a .22 caliber bullet. So yeah, acrylic. They wouldn't last long but I'd have the shudders thinking one would be loose in my house. They are pretty though. Not something I'd want but I can see why people keep them.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:44 AM   #18 
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Some more facts: They have the most complex eyes of any animal and mate for life (20+ years).
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:22 PM   #19 
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More info:
Peacock mantis shrimp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And more info about their eyes (they can see 12 colours,humans can only see 3 etc):
Shrimp eyes could help create a new digital storage format – National Geographic News Watch

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Old 04-03-2011, 11:19 PM   #20 
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I would NOT want one of those things! lol
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