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Mwil3
02-15-2012, 07:24 AM
I posted this on the mantis site and figured I'd share here. (sorry about the quality....I'm trying to get a better recording device)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uySAt...kckFlf26lLPpp7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULiW0...gtoEW7vEG9o2W7

She popped me pretty good, but she hasn't really hurt me yet, so I'll continue to attempt it.

biggin
02-15-2012, 08:13 AM
Awesome. A great critter in the salt water world.

pope
02-15-2012, 09:41 AM
You think maybe it has something to do with your body heat that solicits that reaction? The smell of food, combined with something warm nearby as opposed to just the smell of food?

Mwil3
02-15-2012, 09:45 AM
Na...He hit the stick for the first week. They are just super aggressive.

Erniec
02-15-2012, 09:58 AM
That is awsome!

Are you in the tank much so she see's your hands a lot ?

REID429
02-15-2012, 10:03 AM
More balls than me. I bought a nanocube to start a mantis tank but decided against it as they are a bit tough to find right now but damn your crazy

Mwil3
02-15-2012, 10:16 AM
I am in the tank quite a bit. I have to thin out the caulerpa every 2 weeks and clean the glass every couple of days.

It was a bit intimidating the first time. This was the second time I tried it. The first time, there was water all over the floor and I'm pretty sure I jerked my hand back almost as fast as she struck :)

jlcoop277
02-15-2012, 11:27 AM
Fish Gallery has one that's pretty decent size

FishDaddy
02-15-2012, 02:57 PM
friggin awesome. still trying to work up the nerve to hand feed the Moray...

Jaime
02-15-2012, 05:14 PM
that is awesome :)

greeneyed
02-15-2012, 06:10 PM
Reminds my of that radio commercial... "bless your heart"

Slipperypete
02-15-2012, 06:36 PM
very cool. do they not run a risk of cracking glass?

FlamandalayBay
02-15-2012, 08:08 PM
yeah she hits the finger n not the stick now cuz she wised up lol:D

Mwil3
02-16-2012, 06:37 AM
You don't have to worry too much about glass cracking until they reach over 5". They say the peacock mantis "can" break glass, but it's very rare and usually due to the owner teasing the animal through the glass. While doing my research before getting this little lady, I could not find a documented case of a broken tank....(lots of rumors though)


very cool. do they not run a risk of cracking glass?

biggin
02-16-2012, 08:12 AM
100% correct...

It is much like a big pacu can ram the side of a tank and crack it...

Could it happen? Maybe... has it? I would like to see proof, and that includes video of the actual action. Color me a skeptic, but tons of these are in the hobby and you would think if it were a real issue there would be a lot more accidents.

Also the glass on a tank is a lot stronger than you think. If you ever get a chance to hit one with a hammer.


You don't have to worry too much about glass cracking until they reach over 5". They say the peacock mantis "can" break glass, but it's very rare and usually due to the owner teasing the animal through the glass. While doing my research before getting this little lady, I could not find a documented case of a broken tank....(lots of rumors though)

Haiven
02-16-2012, 08:20 AM
How much does it hurt when she strikes your finger? What does it feel like?

Mwil3
02-16-2012, 08:24 AM
It's really not that bad. It reminded me of trading pops with a pencil (like being back in high school....I should pop her back and teach her a lesson)


How much does it hurt when she strikes your finger? What does it feel like?

Slipperypete
02-16-2012, 01:39 PM
How big is yours? (insert perverted comment)

digital_gods
02-28-2012, 12:52 PM
Fish Gallery has one that's pretty decent size
They did have one. It was sold on the day of that DFWAPC had there meeting there. I gave it a snail but was disappointed that it didn't attach it.

John
03-14-2012, 01:07 PM
roflmao Cool video.

kaden
03-19-2012, 06:19 PM
Mantises are fantastic. I don't know if I'll ever be brave enough to own one, but I do love watching other people's. More vids and pics, please? (Old thread, but always worth complimenting.)

abufisher
03-19-2012, 08:55 PM
that was pretty cool!!!!!!!!!!

lets see more action!! please dont have broken fingers in your next vid! lol

iron
03-19-2012, 09:53 PM
http://www.reeffrontiers.com/f102/stomatopod-mantis-shrimp-workshop-17314/index3.html

Check that out.

pam916
03-19-2012, 10:33 PM
friggin awesome. still trying to work up the nerve to hand feed the Moray...

Just be careful, I got a nasty bite from one of the large moray eels we kept at the Fort Worth Zoo when I worked there. They have bad eye site and I was holding a smelt in my hand and when he came up to take it he grabbed my little finger instead, I think it scared him as bad as it did me, I jerked my hand back and screamed and he let go and took off. His sharp teeth sliced right down the middle of my finger. I always used a feeding stick after that, lol.

That is an awesome looking mantis and I enjoyed the video.