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
- "I am sorry to discourge you not to
put that "devil" into your tank! That damn
thing is really a pain. About two years ago, I had a
4.5" M. Shrimp in my 150 gallon tank (By accident
only). It killed my baby lemon shark and ate every 'move'
stuffs in my tank. After it ate everythings in the tank,
it even crack the glass of my tank. So, be smart and not
to put that devil in....." (in response to a person
who wants to keep a mantis shrimp).
- "Sorry, I call your flower a weed
(but then again, I've lost at least 30 fish to those
things). My advice is to not be a flower head and just
kill the thing." (in response to another person who
wants to keep mantis shrimps).
- "mantis shrimp are viscious killers.
Like any animal they will always find something to eat,
probably you mollusks. Get rid of it before it gets to
- "after spending a few yrs in Hawaii,
and running into many mantis shrimp, i really enjoy
smashing them w/ the end of a wooden pole; mushing them
into the substrate and letting its former victims gnaw on
its offensive carcass. it works for me, anyway."
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
Web Site Author: A. San Juan
Site Created February 3, 1998
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