LFS that stock Mantis Shrimp?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by KusabiKuri, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. KusabiKuri

    KusabiKuri Guest

    Hi I was wondering if anyone knows a LFS that stocks Mantis Shrimp? I'm about to start cycling a tank that I want to put a mantis in with some softies eventually but the only place that I know of that can get them is Seascapes in Mountain View. I'm looking in particular for a Gonodactylus Smithii or Purple Spot mantis and Seascapes told me that they really have no control over what they get in.

    Any ideas?

    BAYMAC Guest

    There was a peacock at Aqua Exotic last time I was there IIRC.

    BTW peacock is the most commonly used name for them, very few in the hobby know it was a purple spot.

    Peacocks are one stores actually can specify as wholesalers get more money for them.

    Every time I visit 104th St in LA I see a dozen or so of them at the various wholesalers.
  3. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    Peacocks are nice I think I saw that one at AE a couple weeks ago
  4. KusabiKuri

    KusabiKuri Guest

    I was at AE yesterday and I think I just missed their mantis but I had them keep an eye out for the species I'm looking for. Seascapes mentioned that they get their livestock from somewhere in Hayward too so I'll likely make a few calls in that direction.
  5. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Guest

    I have seen them at Aquarium Concepts in Dublin, but all of these LFSs order through the LA wholesalers and they should be able to put one on their next order for you.
  6. Beignet

    Beignet Guest

    I always see these at JoJo's in Sacramento. Give 'Mike' a call.
  7. KusabiKuri

    KusabiKuri Guest

    Thanks for the info! I just got off the phone with Aquarium Concepts and they said they may be able to get it in by next week!

    BAYMAC Guest

    The wholesaler in Hayward won't talk to you unless you are a bonafide dealer.

    Not exactly true. We have a local wholesaler, many tranship and don't use a wholesaler, and many use wholesalers outside of LA.... but yah, many still use LA>
  9. YayFishies

    YayFishies Guest

    I have seen these at 6th St Flower and Aquarium in SF.
  10. Last week when I was at Aquarium Concepts, they had two peacocks and a zebra mantis.
  11. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    I suggest passing on anything from there. They fly in the face of what this clubs mission statement is.
  12. KusabiKuri

    KusabiKuri Guest

    Natural Life Aquarium has what looks like either a 1.5" green or falcatus. Might just pick that one up!

    The place on 6th sounds scary but I'll probably stop in at one point or another to see for myself.
  13. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    Yea I was just there yesterday. It was a 2" maybe. Green smasher.

    I wouldn't bother with 6th. JMO.
  14. I am in agreement with the other members here that 6th Ave Aquarium is not a good place to purchase livestock. If you must go see for yourself, resist the urge to make it a "rescue mission" - purchasing any livestock there only continues to support their poor husbandry and practices.

    Have you checked whether a reputable LFS is able to special order what you are looking for? :)
  15. KusabiKuri

    KusabiKuri Guest

    I had a few stores looking out for one for me but ended up getting one from Natural Life Aquarium in South SF. The guys there said it was a regular green mantis but when I got it home and acclimated, I saw it was actually a purple spotted mantis. Exactly the species I was hoping for :D

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  16. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    NIce you end up picking that guy that was in the small floating container? if so it was a cute little bugger.
  17. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Is Natural Life still owned and run by Manfred?
  18. KusabiKuri

    KusabiKuri Guest

    Yes he was the little guy in the floating container and he's really energetic. At $20 he was priced just right too!

    Not sure who runs Natural Life but there's a Caucasian guy and an Asian guy that I've seen.
  19. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Manfred is Asian, probably in his 50's.
  20. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    Me thinks

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