Octopus Feeding

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  1. MRNEL57

    MRNEL57 Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    I finally got a 6 inch O.Briareus from my lfs a couple of days ago. They told me that I only needed to feed it one crab every other day and I was wondering if this amount would be enough. I am also going out of town for a couple of days and was wondering if putting in 3 or 4 crabs would work or if the octopus would eat them all in a single day. Any info would really be appreciated.
     
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    ! crab ever other day:shock: I suggest 2 a day. but it matters how big the crabs and octopus are.once I went away for a week and left my octopus 10 crabs for him to munch on. It worked pritty well. (I did have someone look in on him everyday to make sure he was ok but that should work.)
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    You need to feed your octopus every day. Octo don't overeat, so offer food and find out how much it wants. You should remove the uneaten food.

    Some people try to cut costs by feeding a crab every other day and offering thawed frozen shrimp on the non-crab days. But all octopuses love their crab dinners! And it's important that they have some live food.

    Nancy
     
  4. cuttlegirl

    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    How is your new octopus adjusting?
     
  5. MRNEL57

    MRNEL57 Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    The first 36 hours he seemed really curious. He was moving all over the tank and sitting in different spots all day. The last day though, he has found a cave and hasn't really moved that far from it (that I have seen). I can only see a couple of his arms come out every now and then. I have been putting crabs in everyday and there is always a pile of crab shells outside of the cave within a few hours. Even though it hasn't come out lately, it is eating.
     
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    I had the same with my last octo. didn't see him during the day. but when it was dark he came out and crawled around in the tank.

    I generally fed live crabs, but when I ran out, I also offered frozen foods. he did come out to take those, even in the middle of the day
     
  7. Akyu

    Akyu GPO Supporter

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    Ossie won't eat frozen food; she's been spoiled by us. We keep blue-legged and red-legged hermit crabs in her tank, as well as a few snails and every few days, we drop a couple of ghost shrimp in her tank. She loves loves loves small red crabs as well.

    I've no real evidence that she eats the snails. So far, what I can deduce from the remains is she plays with them to death. Most of the dead snails shells I've found are emptied, their carcasses floating intact nearby (as near as I can tell - I don't know what snail innards look like and I'm not about to do a really close up look.)

    About the ghost shrimp, I've heard from others here that they aren't too nutritious so that's why I only give her a couple every few days. I think she's learning to pace herself with those since the last time, I found one alive instead of none.

    Good luck with yours and let us know what happens
     
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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Ahhhh... interesting variety of advertising on this thread. I guess it picked up on the crab theme...

     
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    as you prolly know - its normal for your little friend to stay in his/her den for the first few weeks of getting him/her... chances are that eventally he\she will come out to say hello and stay there..


    chris
     
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    91lxstang GPO Registered

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    what the heck does this post mean?
     
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    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    Google (and others) have earned a heck of a lot of money with a system of contextual advertisements. Google scans the text of each thread and tries to determine what the heck kind of things we'd like to buy, then places the appropriate ads on the page. When one of us clicks one of the ads, the site gets a little kickback.

    Since TONMO is really a specialized group, it tends to fool Google. For example, in this thread we talked the heck about crabs. Most people buy crabs to eat, so Google gave us a heck of a lot of ads about frozen crabs. In other threads we've seen advertisements for Shea butter when Dr. Steve posts a lot.

    Heckingly yours,

    Dan
     
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    91lxstang GPO Registered

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    oh i see thanks for the clarification
     
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    is there any sites that sell fiddler crabs in large bunches like 15 or 20?
     
  14. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes, the Aquaculture Store, www.aquaculturestore.com - look under salt water inverts. I ordered from them many times. You can buy as few as 10 and the shipping is included in the price (priority mail). It worked very well for me.

    Nancy
     
  15. 91lxstang

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    ok thanks alot
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    This might be a fun new supporters thread, post "interesting words" and see what ads Google puts forward :smile:

    On a more serious issue, Sepia elegans?!?!
     
  17. 91lxstang

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    is it ok to feed the little terd store bought raw shrimp? they are the ones that are about 2-3 inches long... i gave him a half of one today for the first time and he seemed to REALLY like it....
     
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    joefish84 Sepia elegans Registered

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    yeah they are fine. i fed kashmir those all the time along with frozen blue crab
     
  19. 91lxstang

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    ok cool
     
  20. cuttlegirl

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    As long as the octopus takes it, you're in good shape, it's just convincing your ceph to take frozen food that is the hard part...
     

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