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Stomatopods as Pests

Is a mantis shrimp bad for your setup?

If you plan on including fish and other invertebrates such as crabs, hermit crabs, etc in your tank, then the answer is an unequivocal yes. Since most tropical marine organisms are relatively expensive to purchase, the continued loss of specimens would definitely make even the most mild-mannered aquarist into a would-be "Rambo" mantis hunter and killer. Some comments gleaned from the web (stripped of addresses to protect identity):

If that did not convince you of the inherent "evil" nature of the mantis shrimp, then nothing ever will, and I am sure you will find the rest of this site (and not only the "How-to get rid of" portions) an enjoyable read indeed.

Web Site Author: A. San Juan
Site Created February 3, 1998
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