Question reguarding feeding a new incoming octo

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  1. SabrinaR

    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Hi All,

    My tank is up and running (and testing) up to par YAY!! New lid was installed tonight and my new octo hopfully will be here Tuesday. I wanted to ask about start up foods.

    I will be going to Galveston Monday for my water and will also be picking up food for my new octo. My plan was to pick up the smallest crabs I could find (I have already talked to a few sources) and then maybe pick up some Crawfish (not a lot maybe 2 or 3) just to see how they do. Does this sound like a good plan?

    I will also be picking up some fresh shrimp which I will then freeze just in case this one was like the last one and will eat from the stick right away.

    Does this sound like a good start or do I really need to get some Fiddlers?

    Sabrina
     
  2. ~Flighty~

    ~Flighty~ Blue Ring Registered

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    Might you run into trouble with the oil?
     
  3. CaptFish

    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Sounds good to me. Both Izzy and Waldo snack on snails as well. And Izzy eats hermits but not Waldo.
     
  4. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    That sounds good. Any live crabs should be acceptable, fiddlers are just the easiest for most of us to get and are sized for pretty much any octo. Be sure you have a small freshwater environment for the crayfish as you will not be able to put them in the tank until you are ready to feed them. Remember to watch to be sure it is eaten when you do (most likely this will not be a problem) and to remove the carcass either way.

    We find that laying the shrimp out on a plate or cookie sheet (inside a bag is best, not open to the freezer) so that they freeze separated works way better than just bunching them into a bag and freezing.
     
  5. SabrinaR

    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    I have talked with a few of the fishing boats out there, and mostly they have changed where they fish. They are watching the currents and changing with that so they can stay (as best they can) away from the oil and other toxins in the water.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Probably best to avoid bait shrimp and stick with the stuff they are selling for human consumption right now.
     
  7. SabrinaR

    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    I agree completely.
     

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