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  1. abate

    abate Cuttlefish Registered

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    i'm getting an o. mercatoris. the only problem i have is the feeding. behind my house there is alot of fidler crabs running around so i sopose i could just use those. but they're so small i don't know how many to feed him or if he will even eat them.

    how many will he eat, (asuming that the fidlers are about the size of a dime)?
    will he eat them?
    and, if i let afew more fidlers than i should into the cage will he eat them all or save some and not eat them?
     
  2. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes, mercs will eat fiddlers as a primary food item and one dime size is a good daily meal. You might buy a packet of the larger (PE is my preference but Hikari also has a larger size) mysis shrimp to give it a change of menu. I have not kept extra's in the tank with the mercs so I can't give a direct experience but others have reported excess crabs and sometimes snails have been killed but not eaten by other octos. I don't know that this would apply to the mercs but should be something to watch. I would not put extras in at all until you have had the animal for two weeks and it has adjusted to tank life, then you might experiment and hopefully record a journal entry on what you experience.
     
  3. rbrthh

    rbrthh Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    i have a wonderpus that i have owned for about 2 months and she seems to really like frozen cocktail shrimp! i will cut the shrimp into 4 pieces and feed her two of thous pieces a day. the best part is she'll let me hand feed her the pieces. i say give that a try, cause when i first got her she wouldn't eat any of the crabs or damsels i had in there for food.
     

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