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R.I.P Mr. Mantis Shrimp


Well there has been a lot of changes in the system over the past couple of days. I’ve been trying to move everything out of the temporary tanks and into its permanent home. I guess that was a little too much change for the mantis shrimp. He’s been living in the refugium attached to the new system for a couple weeks now. He recently molted over a period of two or three days and in a matter of a couple hours after he was finished, he died. Not sure if it was too much action from the move or if he had a rough molt. We’ve had him for a little over three years but from what I read, they can potentially live for up to twenty years.

Mantis Shrimp (Gonodactylaceus ternatensis)

Mantis Shrimp (Gonodactylaceus ternatensis) living in 2 inch PVC pipe.

90 Gallon Refugium for Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp Molt Remains

Remains of the mantis shrimp molting process.

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Posted on February 1, 2014, in G. Ternatensis Mantis Shrimp, Saltwater Aquarium Reef Tank and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Oh no! Poor dude. 😦

  2. greyzoned/angelsbark

    Oh, that’s sad. Sorry to hear about this little guy. RIP

  3. Sorry for your loss

  4. Yeah, a little bummed out about it.

  5. Thanks, he was a pretty neat creature to keep.

  6. Thanks, unfortunately it’s apart of reef keeping and life in general.

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