Food... How much, how often?

flatidbit

Cuttlefish
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#1
Ok, I know it's important to vary an octos diet. My question is how much and how often should I feed my new briareus. Also, should I soak his food in vitamins before feeding him?
Thanks!
 

Animal Mother

Architeuthis
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#2
If you can get it to eat frozen, then sure. You might use something like Kent Zoe. Try feeding every day and just observe how much it eats to get a feel for how big of an appetite it has. When you feed it live items like crabs just put one or two in at a time, and make sure to remove any leftovers so not to foul the water.
 

gjbarord

Sepia elegans
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#3
Varied diets are not as important as you might think. The main reason to keep a varied diet, in my opinion, is to allow for variables so that if you are unable to obtain a certain food type the specimen will also be conditioned to other food types. In some octopus and cuttlefish, a certain prey item may comprise 70-80% of its diet.

Vitamins can be good, but what type of vitamins are you planning on using. I have never administered vitamins to any cephalopod on a regular basis.

Greg
 

flatidbit

Cuttlefish
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#4
I wasn't sure about the vitamins, I've heard of people soaking their fish food in a liquid vitamin but didn't know if it was necessary for a ceph. I was quite dismayed when my briareus returned to me the silverside fish I had given him to eat and have since discovered he loves frozen scallops and shrimp. I will take your advise, Greg, and continue to offer him other foods in case I can't find his favorites. All the advise I get from the wonderful members of Tonmo is so much appreciated. Thank you.
 

DWhatley

Cthulhu
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#5
Greg,
Thanks for the comments on the vitamins. I add B's to my reef tanks but have refrained from the octo tanks since the biology is so different. I add calcium to my top off water and extra to tanks that have shell creating inhabitants (and then have to deal with the coraline on the glass :hmm:). The octos get the same top-off but no additional supplemental calcium and this seems to work but you used the term regularly and I am curious if you use an immune boosting or other vitamin on an occassional basis with the cephs. Of particular concern are my newest hatchlings.
 

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