any octo folks on here selling bimacs?

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  1. socal_saltwater

    socal_saltwater Blue Ring Registered

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    My last octo died, i think from old age since my water is perfect and foot is plentiful. anyone selling bimacs? i'd love a California 2-spot again...

    any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    We hope that some captive bred bimacs will be available in a few months.

    I'll be checking into this and will post about it soon. Or, perhaps our breeders will post directly.

    Nancy
     
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    marinebio_guy Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Right now I have some eggs. I usually only raise about 5 hatchlings as thats is all I handle at any one time.
     
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    Hello Marinebio guy, by the sounds of it those might be due around the same time I would be looking for one. If you could let me know an eta on them I would know better-I dont know at what age you let them go and how long that is from now. I am looking in the 1-2 month from now range for my tank to be well cycled and ready. Thanks!!
     
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    They are about a month from hatching

     
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    How old do they have to be to ship??
     
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    I usually like them to be 2 weeks old before I ship them.
     
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    Would I be able to get on that list? What do you charge?
     
  9. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    A two-week old octopus is very small. Do you know what you would feed it?
     
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    You could feed it live mysid shrimp, small ghost shrimp, or hand feed it frozen krill,plankton,mysid. They can eat something the same size they are and they would be about the size of a quarter at 2 weeks old
     
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    The good part is my gf works for a lfs so I should not have any problems keeping up with food for him.
     
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    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    Do they sell live mysids or ghost shrimp? Not many do.
     
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    No but im sure the LFS wouldnt mind if she took some of the larger amphipods and the live mysids swimming around the tanks....
    Culturing your own is easy in a refugium.. I have tons in my refugium....
     
  14. Bigpapa

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    Live ghost shrimp--she is checking tomorrow to see what they have frozen
     
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    Live: Ghost Shrimp
    Freeze Dried: Krill, Plankton, Mysid
    Frozen: Krill, Plankton, Mysid
     
  16. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Bigpapa,
    Are the "Ghost Shrimp" freshwater? There are two kinds of shrimp often referred to this way, one is freshwater and the other a brackish water variety. I have read that the freshwater shrimp (like all other freshwater food) is not an acceptable primary diet. I am not an expert on diet but have stayed away from any freshwater feeds because of the warnings. It may well be that because of the short life span, the concerns are moot.
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    So what about those huge prawn Costco sells fresh? Is this not a good choice for food? I find Biddle loves this and when I am low on live caught food, it's a quick fix for a large meal and he goes wild over it.
     
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    The frozen and freeze dried are saltwater but the live is kept at .2 salinity so I am assuming they are not but she is going in today to check for sure and I will let you know.
     
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    Is the salinity you quote in Specific Gravity? If so you should double check it. Natural sea water is 1.026, and that's what a saltwater tank should be kept at. Some people go as low as 1.019; 1.026 is better though.
     
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    Cephs should be kept in water that is close to natural sea water in salinity.

    However, fiddler crabs are often kept in brackish water, half fresh and half salt.

    Many LFSs will use a lower-salinity salt water, as Shipposhack mentions. The theory is that it's better for the fish, but not everyone agrees with this theory.

    Nancy
     

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