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.

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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