freshwater crayfish?

Discussion in 'Sources for Cephalopods and Food' started by ccopelin, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. ccopelin

    ccopelin Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    What are the ups and downs of feeding then to my octo? I live on a very clean creek and can grab them out by the dozens. This would really save me money, but i know they might not give the proper nutrition. Are they ok every once in a while? Whats the word?
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    The suggested use of cray/crawfish is as treats (or if you run out of food :grin:). I order them every couple of months as a change for our octos and the octopuses love them. I started a thread to try to get a clearer picture of their nutritional value but had not succeeded in finding enough information to have a good picture.
     
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    IMO I would say since they are so easily available to you that giving them once a week would be ok. Considering some people here dont feed their octos every day if you feed them once or twice a week (days when they would normally be with out food) then that would be fine as they wouldnt be loosing any real nutrition considering you are still feeding other foods. I would say the best thing is to make sure they have variety. Crabs-hermits, fiddlers, blue crabs (if you have a larger octo) actually any crab (size applicable) along with shrimp and some crayfish would be a good diet.

    I would not suggest feeding the octo crayfish exclusively as this is a foreign food source for them and the nutritional value is unknown.
     
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    ccopelin Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Thanks guys! Mantle to crab body size whats a good size? I have a oriental market that has live blue crab near me. The 2 cuttles I have have the past few years took to frozen so that was easy. If i cant get this guy to he could be very expensive. I am trying to come up with options. My brother lives in marathon key and just sent me a hundred or so real large hermits. I am going to try giving a couple of those, a crayfish or 2 and a blue crab each weak.
     
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    I recently had excellent success feeding shelled hermits so if it does not take the hermits, you can remove them from the shell and offer them that way.


    I try to keep to half the mantle size or smaller but a lot depends on the octopus. Monty won't take pieces of shrimp if he thinks they are too large. It took us awhile to realize that size mattered :roll:.
     

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