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    Pseudosquilla Ciliata Stomatopod (rainbow/false ciliated mantis shrimp)

    Some pics of the late Nausica (named by X girlfriend) renamed spawn of satan later:
    IMG_1851 by blu-bear, on Flickr
    IMG_1850 by blu-bear, on Flickr

    The only tank mates she wouldn't eat for dinner or bury included: 4 Stripe Damsel (Dascyllus melanurus)
    IMG_1859 by blu-bear, on Flickr
    Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab (Calcinus laevimanus)
    IMG_1862 by blu-bear, on Flickr

    + a few corals & anemones that I will try to find pics of. Hope you enjoyed =)
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    Really cool mantis shrimp! I didn't know that there was more than one kind.

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    Beautiful creature! Never saw one that color before. How big is/was it? Amazed that it didn't kill the hermit crab or that the fish didn't eat it when it molted.
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    Thanks! I kept her for nearly 4 years. Females are distinguished from males by lack of 2 appendages. Shes was just over 3 inches long & the spearing type of mantis; however, she would use her elbows to smash through small crabs and knock out shrimp as well. I would feed her live & frozen food including glass shrimp, camel shrimp, chromis, silversides, pellets, & even goldfish! The goldfish needed to be cleared of waste & fed marine diet & also acclimated to saltwater over a couple days & then they would be able to swim in saltwater for a few hours (but they would only last a minute or so before becoming lunch). The damsel was nearly as big as her but the mantis would cover its tunnel with sand and stone while molting so she was safe. Here are a few more pictures of her tankmates:

    Heteractis Malu (sebae anemone)
    IMG_1857 by blu-bear, on Flickr

    Epicystis Crucifer (rock flower anemone) this one isn't bleached as I had it for years & would glow green under actinic light
    IMG_1652 by blu-bear, on Flickr

    Yes.. the pics are bad I know. lol. The mantis shrimp would have also made the marine biology books if I had properly documented her egg sac & had a usb microscope as stated by Dr. Caldwell marine biologist & professor at UC Berkeley. I will post pictures of that as well but they're not the best.
    Last edited by Knuckles; 05-22-2015 at 07:04 PM.

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