New to Mantis Shrimp! Q's

nikemikey

New member
I've just aquired my first salt water tank with a little mantis shrimp. He's only about an inch and a half long, so I'm assuming he's still a baby. He's brownish grey in color right now. My question is, do they all start out that color, and proceed to becoming colorful? Or do I have one of those brown colored Mantis Shrimp ?? I'll take pictures whenever I get the chance if that helps
 

justinl

New member
Assuming that mantis is living in the 7gal tank you have in your sig? Then yes it is very possible to overfeed a mantis. Most of us feed frozens once every two days (or less... mix it up a bit). Only feed a chunk about half the mantis' body size. It is recommended that frozens are soaked in a supplement like selcon once in a while.

supplement frozen feedings with occasional (once a month or more) live food like nassarius snails and/or blue leg hermits.

Like Dr. Roy said, you're likely to get a mantis that will stick to its original colouration, but some mantids are able to change their colour depending on lighting and how much rock (hidey holes) you give it.
 
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