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Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by Blitz, Dec 17, 2005.

  1. Blitz

    Blitz Cuttlefish Registered

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    Hi all :smile:

    A few hours ago I watched a video of an octopus eating a shark and was quite facinated by how clever the octopus was for managing to pull it off. I then started looking around the internet for various pieces of information about octopus's. I came across this site and saw video's of them looking really quite cute and wondered what it would be like having them as a pet.

    I am certain this forum is probably USA based and I am from the UK, so I don't know if anyone will know the answer to this but I will give it a go. Does anyone know of any places online in the UK which sell's octopus's and equipment?

    Thanks in advanced :smile:
     
  2. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi and welcome to TONMO.com! :welcome:

    We are a US-based site but have members all over the world. My co-moderator for Ceph Care lives in Scotland, so yes, we should be able to get you some answers.

    Nancy
     
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    Castor Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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    Greetings from across the pond!

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  4. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Hi Blitz

    There are not any online shops i know of in the UK that are selling octopuses but the main importers of marine fish in the UK quite often have them.

    Best bet is to find an aquarium shop near you that has marine fish and find out if they buy from TMC. You should be able to order an octopus that way without too much hassle. It can be a bit trickier getting the exact species you want but it is possible.

    Any good aquarium shop will be able to provide you with all equipment.

    Where do you live? I maybe know shops near you

    cheers
    Colin
     
  5. Blitz

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    I live in a town called Grantham, which is in a county called Lincolnshire :smile:

    At the moment its just an 'out of interest' type thing since I don't have the money to pay for one at the moment (though I am actively seeking employment), I don't have anywhere to put a tank at the moment, and my Mum and sister probably wouldn't like it :razz:

    Meaning for the not so distant future it seems unlikely, however, I doubt I will lose interest and I will continue researching equipment cost, running cost and various bits and bobs about it.
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Well then welcome to TONMO.com! Use the Search function for our forums, or just browse. You really should be able to find all the info you need right here. If not, just ask -- we have the people with the answers. :smile:
    :welcome:
     
  7. Jean

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    :welcome: Blitz

    Don't be too sure about that! Anyway you could prepare the ground......take them to an aquarium and wax lyrical about the octopus....how clever it is....how shy it is.......what devoted mothers they are..........etc etc

    J
     
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    The most akward part of it would perhaps be breaking the news. In the UK (possibly the same in America but Im not sure) the most common pets are cats and dogs so it would be quite akward to simply say 'I would like to buy an octopus'. :wink:

    There is also the matter of where to get them from, since Octopets seems to be the most popular place but due to it being overseas, I run the risk of the octopus getting stressed and will also likely have a large shipping cost.

    However, yesterday and today combined I have spent about 6 hours checking out this forum and other places like 'the reef central' so I certainly have an interest in them :smile:.
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Ah yes but what fun!!!

    I'm in NZ, so there can be a plethora of odd pets......maybe that counts for something, I know people who've had pet possums, lizards, snails (I'm NOT kidding!), hedgehogs (well that was me actually....& I've had a pet rat too), weta's, roaches ( :yuck: ), slaters (wood louse) etc etc......so octopus are really not that strange!

    J
     
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    If someone was to question me as to why I would like a pet Octopus, I could simply say 'well, they are more interesting than fish!'. :smile:
     
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    At least you won't get asked that here...............we're all obssessed with our overlords!

    J
     
  12. TidePool Geek

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    Hi Blitz,

    You might consider keeping a local octopus. A quick look around the net indicates that Eledone cirrhosa lives in your waters and Octopus vulgaris either lives there or is a frequent visitor (Is the ocean getting warmer around the British Isles?]

    O. vulgaris is probably too big for a home aquarium but E. cirrhosa should be feasible for a tank in the 300 to 400 liter range. The hard part will be cooling the thing. I don't know much about your area but I assume that your water is fairly cold and it would require a chiller for you to maintain the right temp.

    Take a look around the British Marine Life Study Society web-site for more information and inspiration about keeping your local animals:
    http://www.glaucus.org.uk/

    You can find more info about Eledone cirrhosa here:
    http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/Eledonecirrhosa.htm

    Locally yours,

    Alex
     
  13. Blitz

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    Hi TidePool Geek

    Thanks for the advice, but after everything Ive read I think the only one I'd want would be a Bimac :smile:
     
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    Hey Blitz personally I would rather have a Vulgaris over a Bimac - from what I have read here they seem very interactive.

    I dunno for sure but I would imagine that getting a bimac would be virtually impossible - the logistics of shipping and possibly the legaility?
     
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    Hopefully Colin could think of some people who would provide Bimac's. By the way, would there be anyone able to make a short video clip of their own Bimac - certainly preferably a younger one (due to smaller size) so that when the time is right, I can show my parents.

    Thanks :smile:
     
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    Hi Blitz,

    Check the TONMO video section at:
    http://www.tonmo.com/imagevid.php
    You'll find lots of Bimac vids as well as some O. vulgaris and quite a few cuttles as well.

    Visually yours,

    Alex
     
  17. Blitz

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    I would like to thank you all for your advice but it doesn't look like its going to happen anytime soon :sad:

    My Dad's dad (my grandad) used to love fish and had 2 fish tanks, so earlier I started questioning my dad about various aspects, like ph level just to see if he had knowledge of it and he responded quite well so I thought all was going well.

    Then whilst we were out shopping I said "yknow that place grandad got his fish from, do you think its still there" and he replied somewhat snappily "yes.....why the sudden interest in aquariums" which put me off trying to buy him over, I even remember saying to myself out loud 'ok, this isn't going to work'.

    So there we have it, it seems unlikely that I will get an octopus until I get my own place. If sometime in the near future I believe there is a good time to mention it, I will try mentioning it to my mum but until now it seems like a while till I will get one.

    Oh well :sad:...........
     
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    Hang in there Blitz, it might just take awhile to convince your family. Good Luck.
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    Well, I don't know your dad, but I'd say that any snappiness that happens while shopping during the week before Xmas should be taken with a grain of salt-- perhaps he was just frustrated or frazzled...
     
  20. Blitz

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    Three main things to consider:

    Getting family to accept it
    Working out where we'd put the tank
    Working out how much it would cost to run/feed

    The acceptance is the biggest problem and something which I honestly don't think will work. My sister in particular suffers from arachnophobia and doesn't like anything with 8 legs (cause I asked her what she thought about octopuses) and chances are she'd have too many nightmares if I got one.

    However, I am on the lookout for a job now and once I start bringing cash in, there is a *chance* my parents would consider it, though to be honest I think my mum and sister's rection would be along the lines of "no way, theres no way" etc.

    Funnily enough, I had/still have a fear of octopuses cause with all their legs they do remind me of spiders (and I hate spiders) and I have gone to aquarium's before and felt quite intimidated when Ive seen an octopus attatched to the side of the tank with its legs spread (so you get a similar view as to what its prey does before it gets eaten), I also didn't particularly like the way it pounced on its prey because I know if I were under its tenticles at that time it would scare the crap out of me.

    *But* all of that is changing. I am beginning to see that octopuses aren't so bad. That they are not the man eating creatures several movies have made them out to be. Sure they pounce on their food in a way that makes me shudder.......but I have two cats and they are one of the animals which are renound for their pouncing and ripping things to shreds. Plus the interaction Ive read about with the octopuses (e.g. reading stories which would make you reconsider if a dog really is man's best friend) has made me think clearer about them.

    So part of the experience in wanting a pet octo is about getting over my fear. I know some of you might reply that the octo could also be used to help my sister get over her fear, but my sister has learning/understanding difficulties so it would be very hard (if not impossible).

    Anyway, Im babbling on.......:smile:
     

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