my babies

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  1. basketballampm

    basketballampm Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    My octopus eggs hatched! I'm so excited, but they are extremely small. I am feeding them live phytoplankton thats a liquid right now, but i don't know how much and how often to feed them. Does anyone out there know? Do you guys know what else i should feed them. They're so small, i can barely see them!
     
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    joel_ang Architeuthis Registered

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    Phytoplankton will be fine for now, but as the babes grow, start feeding copepods and amphipods. Good Luck!
     
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    neptune Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Congrats and GL!!! :D

    Get some pics when you can. Might be hard right now :P
     
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    Melissa Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Hi Nathan and congratulations! Good luck feeding them!

    Melissa
     
  5. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    hi
    i'm not sure that phytoplankton will help all that much as what they really need is zooplankton IE small animals...

    ideally you need larvae of crabs or shrimps????

    or for large egg species amphipods
     
  6. OctopusV

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    Congratulations! I'm with the others, try Copepods and crustacean larvae once they get a little bigger.
     
  7. basketballampm

    basketballampm Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    baby octopus

    They look like this...
     
  8. basketballampm

    basketballampm Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    octopus eggs

    They're so small i don't think there is anything else i can feed them except for the phytoplankton.
     
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    Burstsovenergy24 Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Nice shot! How much magnified that?


    You should try and get some bluelegged crabs. About 2 days after that I had tiny larvae crawling on the glass.

    Hope it works out for ya! :)
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    You would be surprised, these swimming greedy guts will take food larger than themselves! I'd try some small copepods etc (anything herbiverous....just in case!)

    How big are they? (a guestimate will do....I'm feeling generous!)

    Cheers

    J
     
  11. joel_ang

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    :shock: Sorry I got the phyto and the zooplankton mixed up

    I like the pic, what was the magnification used?
     
  12. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Lots of good luck!!! More pictures!!!

    And welcome!!

    Carol
     
  13. neptune

    neptune Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Darn they are cute! Are they not carnivorous at this stage :?:
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Yep, as far as we know they are ALWAYS carniverous!!! somehow a vegitarian cephalopod just doesn't sound right!

    J
     
  15. Colin

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    yeah, that was my point about the phytoplankton
     
  16. joel_ang

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    So how are the babies doing so far?
     
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    Cute babies, good luck!

    What do you plan to do with them when/if they grow up? They're bimaculoides, right? :)
     
  18. joel_ang

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    I guess he could keep some for himself, sell the rest and make a hefty profit :heee: I also never knew what species your octo was, any ideas?
     
  19. Burstsovenergy24

    Burstsovenergy24 Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Id guess Vulgaris (or a pygmy) because they are so small. I remember somewhere it was said they were a milimeter long. That's small. :shock:
     
  20. basketballampm

    basketballampm Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    my babies

    Yea, i think they are vugaris. They're so small still. They seem to be doing fine right now. I have transfered most of them into seperate tanks so the filter won't suck them up. I've been feeding them zooplankton and none of them have died so far. They're thousands of them, i'm running out of room. But when and if they survive and grow up i'm probably going to sell them to a pet store some where. If anyone wants one i can probably send some out.
     

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