Starting a ceph business

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  1. marinebio_guy

    marinebio_guy Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Howdy all,

    I've decided to start a business and am steping up my ceph culturing. As of right now here is a list of species I'm looking into keeping. Please let me know what you are most interested in keeping in the future so I can try to focus on those animals. I will not be able to start selling animals until I get back from Australia at the end of June.

    Wild caught
    bimaculoides
    bimaculatus
    rubescens
    aculeatus
    blue rings (only for researchers)
    possibly zebra octopus but only for researchers
    nautilus
    There are some other Indo-Pacific species that I working on getting

    I will be trying to culture as many species as I can but right now only have bimaculoides

    Thanks
     
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    shipposhack Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    I think if you can, you should try and raise O. Wolfi. The only drawback is their short lives, but they are cute and small and work in quite a small tank.
     
  3. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    In a wishlist scenario, I think Sepia would be good; there certainly seems to be a demand for bandensis and maybe officinalis as well.

    Pragmatically, I'd love to get a bimac from you eventually, but I need to learn the "hands on" of tank maintenance first. But I might be a local customer in the next year or so...
     
  4. marinebio_guy

    marinebio_guy Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    I have some Bandensis eggs and hatchlings right now so I should have some ready to sale in June. I can get S. officinalis eggs in the Spring/Early Summer but I do not have the space to raise them. So, if someone wanted them they would have to get a lot ~100 eggs or get several people to go in on an order.

    O. wolfi wound be nice but it might be hard to get, I'll see what I can do but it would be a long shot.

    Also, I'm working on getting metasepia but it may be a long process.
     
  5. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    I would be interested in owning an A. aculeatus and an O. rubescens at some point.

    The silver lining to these animals' short lifespans is it gives us the opportunity to keep a number of different species.

    Dan
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Definitely interested in a naut but would need a small one if I got one this year. I have a sump on my abdonminalis tank that would house one and a somewhat larger tank (35 gallon) that I could swap out with the sump tank if need be.

    The rubescens/aculeatus are awfully tempting but a lot depends upon how well we do with our five merc babies. If they survive, I won't have an octo tank available and the new one we are planning will be for cuttles.

    I really hope this works out! If you are looking for a part time, inexpensive webmaster PM me :sagrin: .
     
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    I would end up getting something from you marinebio_guy and suggest you to other people :smile:.
     
  8. Mimicus

    Mimicus Larval Mass Registered

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    Bimaculoides, bimaculatus and aculeatus would all be species I'd buy regularly, especially aculeatus!
     
  9. Animal Mother

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    I'm about to set up a pre-drilled 60 gallon cube and it's going to be a dedicated octopus tank. So I can say I will be another seasonal customer. Plus my girlfriend is taking over my established 75 gallon and wants to keep some Bandensis.

    How much will you sell some cuttle eggs/hatchlings for?
     
  10. marinebio_guy

    marinebio_guy Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    I have not decided on prices yet I'm still looking into cost of food etc.
     
  11. Paradox

    Paradox Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

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    Officianalis!!

    Marinebio-Id be interested in some officianalis eggs. How much and how many is the minimum required?

    Perhaps we can gather a group together..

    Heres a video of my last one! Much more personable then Bandensis =)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_Xp2OK-cxE
     
  12. marinebio_guy

    marinebio_guy Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    I'm not sure on what the price would be it depends on the shipping from the UK, I would think it would be around $5-10 an egg. The minimal order will probably be around 50-100 eggs. However I'm still working on the permits I would need to import them and I do not know if I will have them but the end of there egg laying season. I'll see what I can do
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Well, just out of curiosity, could you ship octopuses the other direction, to the UK?

    Nancy
     
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    marinebio_guy Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    You can as long as you have the permits.
     
  15. Michael Blue

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    I would seriously be interested in looking into tank size requirements, etc. on S. officianalis. Bandensis and Bimacs would be my next choices.

    Just to be sure I didn't misunderstand, you are looking to eventually try to raise these species yourself, as opposed to continual wild-caught, right?

    More power to you!
     
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    will you have briareus?
     
  17. joefish84

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    id be very interested in the sepia o eggs but i dont exactly need 100 of them just like 5-`10 or so so if some others would like to go in on them with me that would suit me fine. the time period that they would be available is great for me also cause my 125 is almost ready to have the cuttles now just a few more precautionary steps(power head filters etc) so let me know how you decide to sell them
     
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