catching live food?

blljzy912

Cuttlefish
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#1
what does everyone think about catching there own food for your octopus? ive been at manny so cal beaches were food is easy to gather but dont know if it will harm the octopus. is it a good idea or stick to store bought.
long beach, huntington beach ect. ect.
 

CaptFish

Colossal Squid
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#2
lots of us gather food for our octos. its fine.
 

DWhatley

Cthulhu
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#3
Pollution is the only concern and we only have one reported case where there was a tie back to a problem with crabs collected from a particular area.
 

blljzy912

Cuttlefish
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#4
Ok cool but I think I will probably gather in the nicer beaches even though its a good 45 min drive but who should I gather other than the normal crabs that are all over the jettys. Are sand crabs a good idea
 

DWhatley

Cthulhu
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#5
Collect a few and see if the octo will eat the sand crabs. Any crabs, clams, scallops, or shrimp are fine but each animal is different on what it WILL eat. The do seem to prefer a change of diet and variety seems to be a key so even if an animal refuses food (especially if it is new to the aquarium) go ahead and try the refused food again in a couple of weeks.
 

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