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Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by manny, Feb 2, 2003.

  1. manny

    manny O. bimaculoides Registered

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    can you keep seahorses with octopus or will they be on the menu
     
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    vegetell425 Blue Ring Registered

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    no the seahorse will be gone in no time
     
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    LittleMatt Cuttlefish Registered

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    I thought that Colin had seahorses in his tank that is split in half. But maybe that is on the fish side.
     
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    Id give them 1 minute
     
  5. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    I dont think they would even last one minute in an octopus tank!!!

    In fact there was a thread a awhile back about whether baby sea horses would be a good first food for baby cephs too!

    So keep 'em seperate!

    C
     
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    cephjedi GPO Registered

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    Actually folks, I have some anecdotal findings that may surprise you!

    I was researching using seahorse ponies as cephalopod hatchling food and though I haven't had any opportunities for experiments with inklings eating ponies, I can tell you with great confidence that all my adult octos ignored the adult seahorses. Three octopuses now have lived out their lives in peaceful harmony with the breeding pair of adult seahorses in a 90 gallong tank. That's two bimacs and a briareus.

    In fact, the male seahorse had a hysterical habit of trying to hang on to the briareus, and the briareus wasn't terribly tolerant of this, but never so intolerant that the seahorse wound up on the menu.

    There are a LOT of species of octopus though, so your mileage may vary. Just be careful.

    Cheers, Jim
     
  7. manny

    manny O. bimaculoides Registered

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    my bimac grabed a seahorse as soon as I put it in the tank
     
  8. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    manny

    what happened next??? did you leave it?
     
  9. mikeconstable

    mikeconstable GPO Registered

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    Tankmates

    Have kept adult seahorses with hatchling cuttlefish, worked well. (I was nervous as the cuttlefish were the same size as the shrimps both were eating!). Ended up with 3 cuttlefish, hundreds of seahorses. The seahorses sometimes being barged flat in the hunt for shrimps as the cuttlefish grew.
    Did suspect that someone was eating some of the seahorse young before the system crashed with an ink-out.
     
  10. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Hi Mike, glad to see someone else in the UK with cephs.
    Keeping any just now?

    C
     
  11. cephjedi

    cephjedi GPO Registered

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    For the forum's enjoyment, Tomi Undergallows and an unnamed seahorse. Octopus bimaculoides and Hippocampus abdominalis, peacefully ignoring each other.

    Cheers, Jim
     

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