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  1. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi all,

    I talked for some time with Jim of Octopets today. He's been very busy with his new project: raising different species of seahorses to offer for sale. He's been the only person at Octopets all this time, but now he's hired a young person to help him out.

    The California rains have made the water in the lagoon brown. They've also affected some of the livestock because the torrents of rain diluted the seawater and suddenly lowered the salinity. Some octo hatchlings were lost.

    Octopets has only bimac hatchlings right now, so it may be 6 weeks before baby bimacs are available. Cuttlefish (S. officinalis) won't be ready until June. Jim will also be raising S. bandensis and another species of octo this year. And there are the seahorses.

    I was talking to Jim about ceph food and learned this: his salt water guppies have been bred for generations as salt water guppies. He recommends them as food only for the cuttlefish. The bimacs in the ocean around the Octopets area eat mostly shellfish: scallops, clams and least favorite, mussels - and they never eat oysers. Jim cracks the shells and tosses clams or scallops in with the bimacs and they love it! In the wild, bimacs open the shells by drilling them. Of course, these bimacs also like shrimp and crabs. He thinks it's good to vary the type of food.

    So, it will be a bit before we're hearing about new bimac pets, unless some of the LFSs still have some of the last batch.

    Nancy
     
  2. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    Thanks for the update, Nancy. I wish there were better news! Does anyone have a list of stores that Octopets supplies, other than FishSupply?

    Dan
     
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    lockburn O. bimaculoides Registered

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    Ooh, thats a bummer. I have my tank all cycled and ready and was hoping to get a bimac soon. I hope Octopets doesn't raise their prices because of this, didn't they just raise them recently?

    You mentioned the salt water guppies. What about the clams? The octopets kit comes with 200 of them. I was going to store these in a refugium. Does anyone know what the requirements are to keep them alive and happy? What do I feed the clams? Will they breed? Are these a good food source for the octo throughout its life (along with other treats such as crabs, shrimp, etc)?

    What about the amphipods? Are these for octos or only for raising baby octos? What are the requirements for keeping these in a refugium? Will they breed, or will the numbers gradually dwindle if not consumed quickly enough?

    My thanks in advance!
     
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    cloud_253 Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Hi..Regarding clams which cost $15..how many are there?
     
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    lockburn O. bimaculoides Registered

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    For $15 there are 100 (on the Ceph Feed page).

    If you purchase an OctoPet kit, you get an Octo and 200 clams.
     
  6. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    The clams are fine for a baby octo, but too small for an adult.

    Amphipods are also eaten by baby octos - they must taste pretty yummy because my little bimac continued to eat the many amphipods in the tank until every one was gone. Amphipods breed, but an octopus can eat them faster than they can reproduce in your tank.

    Nancy
     
  7. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    Yeah, I was going to order mine this week for my birthday. Since I'm moving next fall I don't know if I should even get one if they won't be available for six weeks. I've been ready to order for a couple weeks, but I thought with the rash of recent deaths I might give it a little bit. Next time I'll take the chance :)

    Octopets price did go up at around the beginning of the year. Oddly enough fishsupply.com's prices didn't. I was originally going to order from fishsupply for that reason, but with the other things I was getting (abalones, macroalgae, etc) it was only about $5 cheaper, and at that point I'm willing to pay a little more to support the source.

    Liveaquaria.com has cultured bimacs occasionally (and they will also email you when they are in stock). I don't know of any other sources, though.

    Dan
     
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    Clowny123 Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    well i have recently been to ocotpets b/c i am getting a bimac soon and they are still in stock at same price so is it true that octopets does send octos to fishsupply
     
  9. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    Three more weeks of winter

    Email from Jim this morning: they'll ship in three weeks!

    Dan
     
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    dawnchihuahua GPO Registered

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    Have you got a name picked out for your new baby, Dan?
     
  11. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    I have a few ideas, but I think it would be bad luck to narrow it down further before the little dude arrives :)

    Dan
     
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    oscar Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    yeah if you can ever get your hand on a ceph - grab it! lol

    very hard for most people to get hold of!!!
     
  13. lockburn

    lockburn O. bimaculoides Registered

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    I should be getting my OctoPet in about a week! Can't wait!

    I think I'm going to have to steal a name for him from the forum, because 1) they sound pretty good, 2) I'm not that creative, and 3) my friends will never know!
     
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    Black96WS6 GPO Registered

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    Can you walk in and purchase an Octopus instead of going through the web site? I live about 30 minutes south of Carlsbad and am wondering if they have a storefront?
     
  15. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Some of our members have done just that, but you need to call and make an appointment. Also, there seems to be a waiting list right now for little bimacs. Looks like they will begin to be shipped soon.

    Nancy
     
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    Black96WS6 GPO Registered

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    Ok thanks Nancy, the tank won't be sufficiently cycled until end of May, early June, so I'll do that as soon as it's ready =o).
     
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    oscar Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    maybe you could call and cancel the mail order and go pick it up (avoids shipping and perhaps avoids the wait too?)
     
  18. joefish84

    joefish84 Sepia elegans Registered

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    said hopefully friday did jim and me just cant wait to see the little feller anyway let you know if me find out more
     
  19. dodgersfan25

    dodgersfan25 Larval Mass Registered

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    so octopets will start shipping this friday? i thought people said 3 to 4 weeks until then.
     
  20. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Be sure, all of your who are getting baby bimacs, to find out how old they are.

    Nancy
     

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