Prep'd Cuttlefish Foods - What works for you?

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  1. snowmaker

    snowmaker Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    What frozen / dead foods are people feeding or tried to feed their cuttlefishes.

    1 Sally's Krill - frozen 1" krill - They eat it, but it really does not seem to satisfy them.

    2 Grocery store thawed fresh shrimp, cut - Took it but spit out within 1 minute every time.
     
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    Stavros GPO Registered

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    Raised bimacs and officinalis on thawed fresh shrimp. Used a skewer at the beginning to make them chase it and later they would catch the item when it was dropped in the tank. I let the shrimp return to room temp before feeding them, thinking frost might have an aversive effect on the animal.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    I don't know about cuttles, but octopuses seem to be able to tell how fresh the thawed frozen shimp is. I found that stores hold the shrimp on ice for several days after thawing. After finding that out, I went to the best seafood store and got shimp just as it was thawing, or kept it frozen and thawed it myself. It seemed to make a difference in how it was accepted.

    Nancy
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Ours are prefrozen and thawed anywhere up here but the octos seem to take them if we keep them less than about two weeks. After that I think they get dried out (possibly from the defrost cycle even though they are sealed in a freezer bag). When we can find frozen that doesn't look like it has been that way a long time, they do seem to hold up better but we still don't buy any quantity.
     

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