Should i buy somewhere else?

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  1. Missnano

    Missnano Blue Ring Registered

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    So i emailed the guy from tampabay saltwater, and asked him what breed of octopus he sold. He told me the vulgaris and it was $80, i asked him what age they sell them at he said he didnt know he didnt speak octopus. I am concerned because i dont want to get an older octopus and it die on me, if you know what i mean. What should i do? Is there a way to avoid this or do we just have to hope we dont get an older one?
     
  2. SabrinaR

    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Im sorry, we all feel your frustration, but no... there is no way to find out. I have never used tampabay saltwater so I couldnt tell you to be honest. If you have a VERY large tank (125+) you could try ordering from him but I dont know anyone on here who orders from that site. I have had octopuses live as long as 24 hours (due to stress) to 3 months is the longest for me so far. I hope that will change in the future but for now all we can do is guess, hope, and ask suppliers for a small one but be careful here as many dont know the difference between species and you could end up with a dwarf.

    When youre ready to order I would personally recommend www.tomscaribbean.com
     
  3. Missnano

    Missnano Blue Ring Registered

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    his octopus list just says octopus?
     
  4. SabrinaR

    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Yes but you will def get one of 3 and he knows the difference between the dwarfs and the others. When you order a larger octopus you will get one of two... either Octopus briareus or Octopus vulgaris. Plus he is far more reliable place to order than others. If he doesnt have them instock you wont be able to order. He answers his own phone and is always prompt at returning calls.
     
  5. CaptFish

    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Tom sells three kinds. You have to call him and put in a request for what you want. He sells either Vulgaris, Briareus, or Mercatoris, although he has not had any Mercs yet this season.
     
  6. Neogonodactylus

    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Tampa Bay sells mostly O. mercatoris which will be breeding in a month or two.

    Roy
     
  7. Missnano

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    I am actually wanting to buy one from captive breeding if i can, not from the wild. Anyone know where i can get that?
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    unfortunately there is no such thing as octopuses captive breeding at this time. Octopuses have proven quite difficult to farm.
     
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    Love the little girl from Nemo...
     

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