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currently some of my stomatopods died from molting...I have some people living here so when they molt the people are usually poking around the tank and usually shocking the mantis shrimp, thus making it die in the process. Well I have only Artemis left my strong surviving peacock mantis. Others i had were a G.ternatensis, who comitted suicide after chasing a bubble and jumping out the tank when the bubble hit the surface, I think the force of him falling on the floor killed him because he wasnt moving for reason, I put him back for a day or two but nothing. I had another G. Smithii but he was one of the ones that died molting. Others include a P.ciliata, G.viridis ,and N.Wennerae.
These were all given from my best friend who gave up the hobby, but I got the peacock from a local LFS, which I didnt expect would keep these in stock
 
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Nautilusfreak;122082 said:
currently some of my stomatopods died from molting...I have some people living here so when they molt the people are usually poking around the tank and usually shocking the mantis shrimp, thus making it die in the process.

Are those people going to be living there when you get a cephalopod? You really don't want a lot of people putting their dirty hands in your tanks...
 
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yes they are but I will be sure to give them strict directions until they leave. I.E. they are my cousins, the kind taht are annoying and never listens. Apparently a house on their street caught on fire and it caught to their room from across the other building next door.
 
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Nautilusfreak;122083 said:
I gotta ask, according to your signature you have an O. latirostris, can I ask where did you acquire this species?

Yes I do! Her name is I bought her from www.stomatopod.com in December of 07.

I would definitely consider putting a lock on your new ceph tank (and probably your mantis tank too!).
 
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Aha! I love stomatopod.com!! I found it before purchasing Artemis. Any idea when they will be back in stock? That female p.ciliata has been sitting there for some time now, poor thing, but im sure billy bachman and his crew does their best to keep them healthy and alive with all their experts!Im thinking of getting my next mantis from them, if they have it in stock, im looking for a O. Havanensis. My lfs says they can get a mantis shrimp but they didnt say what species, I asked for odontodactylus havanensis and the only thing that came up with a green mantis shrimp that just had the name Mantis Shtimp, so I probably would not want to buy from my lfs.
 
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I don't think Petsmart sells salt water fish/animals, at least not any that I have ever visited. The quality of fish at larger pet stores is not always the best :hmm:.
 

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cuttlegirl;122100 said:
I don't think Petsmart sells salt water fish/animals, at least not any that I have ever visited. The quality of fish at larger pet stores is not always the best :hmm:.

YOU WIN THE AWARD FOR THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR :smile:

That being said, I have to admit that I bought my six Clarkies from a closing Petco as the very last fish in their aquarium department. I was experimenting with my tall tank and did not want to spend a huge amount of money but wanted a small family of some kind of clown. Now I wish I had gone for the more attactive clowns as these guys will probably out live me! I just hope the female does not out grow the diameter of the tank.
 
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which kind of fish stores would you think be able to order nautiluses? I knew petsmart couldnt be one, was just making sure, but petco sells saltwater fish
 
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Nautilusfreak;122102 said:
which kind of fish stores would you think be able to order nautiluses? I knew petsmart couldnt be one, was just making sure, but petco sells saltwater fish

I wouldn't even buy damsels from Petco. There's a reason everything is cheaper there, and it generally shows in the health of the livestock. I seriously doubt if they could order you one, or would even know what one is.

You need to find a reputable local fish store that is dedicated to marine fish. That's where you'll be much more likely to find someone who knows what they're talking about and what you're talking about. If you can find one talk to the owner or at least the highest person on the company ladder. Develop a relationship and hopefully you will be able to have them find you one at the local wholesaler and either bring it straight to you or have you pick it up before it's acclimated into another tank before you pick it up and reacclimate it again, causing much unnecessary stress. That's the best way to get any animal special ordered. I've found that no matter how many times I ask some stores to order me this or that, they say "Oh sure, we'll find you one," and then next time you talk to them they say "You want a what?".

Better yet, if you can find your local marine aquarium society you might be able to find a member who has access to the local wholesaler and find one for you without the fish store price markup.

Where do you live? We might be able to point you in the right direction.
 
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Yes! then i have the perfect solution! I will ask my trusty old marine fish store. But they do have a little freshwaters, mostly marine though.
 
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