Can Octos eat pond snails, and is sand better than gravel???

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  1. flipflop_2k

    flipflop_2k Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Hi, I was wondering if octopus can eat snails from a freshwater pond. I was also wondering if it is better to use sand as the aquarium bedding or gravel for a bimac. I used to have a bimac, and she liked burrying herself into the sand sometimes and finding clams under it too, but I was thinking it's more difficult to keep water conditions good in a tank with sand in it.
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  2. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Don"t know about the sand question our octi has been happy in both. But I don't very much if it will eat freshwater snails.........they usually ignore even marine snails.


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  3. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    As far as sand goes i used to always use fine play sand sold sterile for kids... it works great. The lack of bufereing capacity is a problem though and you could get round it by either having coral sand in a sump or adding a few handfull sinto the tank... trial and error i'm afraid
     
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    Ruger007 Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    so can a bimac eat freshwater snails???

    oh, hello board members!!!!!
     
  5. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Can a bimac eat freshwater snails - would it? That I don't know. Is it desirable? I doubt it. You don't know what you're introducing with unknow types of food like that.

    The only freshwater creature we know that a bimac can successfully eat is a crawfish - and that resembles the crustaceans bimacs normally eat in their saltwater environment. Even if bimacs found pond snails tasty, the snails could not offer the same nutritional balance that a shrimp or crab or marine snail would.

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