Octopus Food!!

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  1. AprylWillis

    AprylWillis GPO Registered

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    If anyone knows where I can buy some fiddler crabs or hermit crabs in bulk let me know.

    Sach's is currently running out of fiddler crabs and he is nervous about shipping them! The last batch he sent me all died. Something must be wrong with his stock!
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    With all the cold weather, this can be a difficult time of the year to ship fiddlers.

    Ask your LFS - they can usually get fiddlers, but you may have to take a very large quantity, cheap.

    Nancy
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Jess and I were just out in Lancaster for New Years, and That Pet Place had a tank of fiddlers. I think they ship.

    Carol
     
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    AprylWillis GPO Registered

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    I tried finding it on their website. I live in the Northwest, so I'm trying to find a place that ships overnight in bulk. Even if they are frozen, he still eats them. I might have to buy large hermit crabs for him to eat.

    I appreciate the help. If I am putting it in the search engine wrong on their site, can you let me know? All I did was type: fiddler crabs or fiddler.
     
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    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    Call them. Sometimes there's a lot of stuff they have in the store that they don't advertise online (like octos).
     
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    Brock Fluharty Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    I just ordered fiddlers from Sach's, and i'm in WV and they all arrived alive and healthy.
     
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    Maybe they had a new person packaging the fiddlers, but they all arrived dead and stinking. I was very disappointed. I may try to order from him again. I'm not too sure though. I found a college store that sells a larger version of fiddler crabs for 1.90 from the carolina institution.

    I may have to call That Pet Place.
     
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    That Pet Place actually advetises octos on their online store. I've seen it before. Unless they took it down.
     
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    aquaculturestore.com
     
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    Oh....that's Sach's isn't it....I didn't realize that....sorry
     
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    He refuses to send food out. I've given up hope.
     
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    That pet place can't ship their fiddlers due to restrictions...I'm at a true loss. Everyone else seems to be having luck ordering online.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    I think the problem you're having is that you must be off the major shipping lanes and you are in a very cold area. Sachs uses priority mail, but that may take longer to you.

    Have you offered to pay for overnight shipping?

    You can keep fiddlers alive by offering simple things like fish flakes, fruit, and (!) air popped popcorn. I kept one for 2 years on this diet. They don't have to be submerged, just sand and "pool" of water. If you're using them quickly, 10 or 12 can be put in a turtle bowl with a stone in the middle as an island.

    Nancy
     
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    AprylWillis GPO Registered

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    I don't have a problem keeping them alive in a tank. I use a 20 gallon and I've had them live for 3-4 weeks longer than their arrival date. I've offered everything and I've received no response.
     
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    nickcoletti O. bimaculoides Registered

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    I'm going with the old saying "no question is a dumb one" and I'm going to ask.... does it matter if its fresh or salt water that these fiddlers sit in?
     
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    not sure how revelant this is, but i get snails and hermits at livebrineshrimp.com. i just got an order in yesterday and many of the hermits i got are bigger than i thought they would be, though they are out of the cheaper snails at the moment.. but its pretty dang good and the prices are excellent
     
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    I've kept them in both. I have 3 right now in a saltwater tank and they've been in there since January.
     
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    Alright then, i figured it didn't really matter since they don't live under water but i just wanted to make sure. They seem simple enough...i just hope my octopus enjoys them. I've only gave it marine ghost shrimp, krill, silversides, and crayfish. It doesn't eat the blue legged hermit crabs i got it and the turbo snails so i hope he takes to the fiddlers. Thanks for your response!
     

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