small eggs

Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by bmatson, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. bmatson

    bmatson O. bimaculoides Registered

    Apr 17, 2005
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    I know that this has been talked about before but I have a question about small eggs. I have heard from just about everyone that it is all but impossible to raise but haven't other planktonic organisms been successfully raised? I know you'd need a kreisel, but would it still be almost impossible?
    Also I have heard some people have tried, has anyone been successful?

    Thanks for any help,
  2. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

    Dec 22, 2004
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    Jim Louis is trying this as we speak, see his thread. There are two reasons I can think of that it hasn't really been done for small-egg octopuses. The first is the fact that there are plenty of big-egg species available: why rub two sticks together if you have a Zippo? Second, market. There's a lot more people who want captive bred seahorses than octopuses. Notice that no one's even breeding the big-egg octopuses for the hobby! Right now I would guess 95% of the octopus market supplies undetermined species in poor-health to impulse-buyers.

    None of the octopus breeding projects are sustained. Typically they're begun by accident when someone's pet lays eggs--Jimbo's experiences and Debby's briareus come to mind.


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