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XenoMorph2049

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Ok, all of my local dealers apparently have the same supplier of Common, Uncommon, and Bluering octo's. No specifics or spiecies info available. Where can I get a "mail-order octo" online thats reliable, pre-inks there octos, and has a live delivery guarantee? I was going to try Dr.foster smiths, but they have only "brown" or "two spot" octos. What would be the best spiecies for a first? From the looks of it, a bimac looks like thae octo of choice.
 

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Actually, there are two places to order bimacs:
FishSupply (where I got Ollie, I'm very pleased with them)
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Octopets
listed in Buy Sell and Trade on our Forum Index

They both treat their baby octopuses kindly.

Nancy
 

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You'll have to contact them for the details. People have been very pleased with the delivery, and as far as I know, all Tonmo members who ordered received an octi in good condition, including myself.

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Thanks Nancy! This has been one of the most helpfull forums Ive been on and definately plan on keeping a close eye on it. As soon as I get My tank setup and cycled, I'll be ordering.
 

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FishSupply sold wild-caught octopuses before it could get the tank raised ones. There were a few tank raised octos available before I got Ollie, but by the time my tank was ready, they were back to wild caught.

I think the difference in getting a wild caught octo was that Ollie was more afraid at first, probably having been chased by all sorts of things that wanted her for dinner. She was very watchful and shrank at shadows. I'm glad she learned to relax and have a happy life.

Also, she was larger, and therefore probably older than the baby bimacs that are tank raised. (Her mantle was 1 inch, arms 2 inches)

Nancy
 

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I also got a wild caught from fishsupply the same time Nancy got Ollie. I was very pleased with their service. Although I will probably give octopets a try next time. THey don't usually pre-ink them because this causes un-needed stress, they rarely ink in the bag anyway. Goodluck, John
 

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Thanks. Most of the LFS around here said it was nescesary to recieve a live octo. The stress issue was someting I had thought of, but figured they SHOULD no more than me. I know when I worked at a fish shop, very few of my customers knew much about what they were buying, but I still learned from many. Hopefully I will be getting my octo shortly. :biggrin2:
 

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An English supplier from london but i won't name them as it was a one off and not repeated....

And apart from Sepia and blue ring species I cant say that too many DOAs have been reported in the US.
 

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yes they are awsome and spectacular in a tank.. here is a link to some i had... http://www.geocities.com/octomonkeymadness/cuttlefish.html

The biggest problem is getting them in the USA.. virtually impossible so far! You could try a search through past cuttlefish posts to see what problems have been seen in the USA. The ones that do make it to lfs's tend to die with shock within days and are not worth buying.

Hopefully somone will start comercially breeding them in the US.. what an opportunity!
 

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Incredible! I have seen some of the problems here on this site, and also hope they will be bred comercially soon. Knowing that octos are highly oxygen sensitive, could this be pat of the problems involved with there shipping? Also, are there any spiecies that are good tank candidates to be found in US waters?

Colin, thats quite a seletion of pets you've got. My wife finally agreed to let me get my birdeater! :biggrin2: Ill post pics when I get her. Same with the octo. Have any other critters?
 

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that could be part of it but i think that they are mature specimens that are caught and possibly cianide caught.

Also keep Xenopus frogs, Budgett frogs, Silurana frogs, bullfrog/+bullfrog tadpole, plenty fish, chevron and then dogs.

I am currently cephless as i am doing a lot of renovation and recently became a dad

well done with the BE!!! :) pics i hope? how much are they in the US?
 

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Well, I dont know about the rest of the US, but florida has laws on bringing one across state lines: you cant. The prices locally are $75 for a small (probably a spiderling) and $125 for a 4"-5". Supposedly the enviroment here in florida is ideal for there survival and people can be quite attached to there poodles/chiuahua's :biggrin2: . Congrats on becoming a father. My daughter is 16 mo. now and a real nut. (she takes after her mother :biggrin2: ) I want to put a tank in her room when she gets a little older, but my wife doesnt want to. I still dont understand her!

At one point in time I wanted a frog tank, but then saltwater fish grabbed me harder than anything else, even more than my cichlids, and I had a big selection of those for a while.
 

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that's comparable in price to the uk too... spiderlings can be tricky with theraphosa so id get a bigger one if you can.

frogs are probably my second fav animals
 

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Yeah, one day I hope to have a mantella tank, a leaf frog tank, and POSSIBLY a posion dart tank. I love the blue and the strawberry darts. Awsome coloration. I dont recall the Xenopus frogs though, Ill have to look those up.
 

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