craw fish a good or a bad idea????

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  1. nini

    nini Wonderpus Registered

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    lol im srry i keep asking all of these questions regaurding octo food but i just wanna make sure i get this right:roll: anyways i read one of the articles and it said octopus could eat crawfish, is that a good idea? cuz if it is thats GREAT!!! it also said younger octopus could eat ghost shrimp. how can you tell how old a octopus is?
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  2. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Questions are very good! Nothing wrong with that! I have used crawfish as an alternate food but more of a treat than a staple. I cut the pinchers, especially if it's a very young octopus to ensure he doesn't get hurt. Usually you can tell by the octopuses size except if it's a dwarf species. Smaller the younger.

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    so should you always cut the pinchers? even w/ crabs? or is it only if the octo is young?
     
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    Gost shrimp arnt good for your octopus because they are mostly just fat. Crawfish are ok but not as a main food like Corw314 said.

    I often only cut one claw off for a young octopus but I'll have to start cutting all the claws off do to the fact that my octopus is missing two arms :( . As long as your food isnt 2x the size of your octopus you shouldent have to cut claws off.
     
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    yeah i dont think i would really enjoy cutting a crabs arm of :( but if i had to i would.
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    I have to say we NEVER bother. What a job when we often have 3, 4 or 5 :shock: After all the crabs in the wild don't get their nippers snipped!

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    so i shouldent cut the claws of?
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Nini, all these things are relative and require an evaluation of your particular octo's size and the crabs to be fed - I trimmed only the tips of the larger claws on fiddlers when my octo was smaller. Other species of crabs may have larger claws or not.

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