TRA v 3 and Octopus

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  1. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    In 'The Reef Aquarium vol 3', page 72, published 2005, Sprung and Delbeek write:
    "Tip: There is a nifty solution that you local retailer may be willing to help you with to eradicate all mantis shrimp during the quarantine and seeding of the rocks. Add a hungry octopus to the live rock holding tank, and the result is lots of shrimp and crab shells accumulating on the bottom of the tank (R.Rull, pers. comm.). Then remove the octopus and return it to the retailer. This technique is meant for new set-ups only, before the fish are introduced, because octopus may feed on fish. Caution: The aquarium or vat must have a secure lid when the octopus is inside, to keep it from escaping. There is also a risk of the octopus going over the overflow and getting into the drain."

    Its amazing how these kinds of bad ideas persist.
     
  2. tywtly

    tywtly GPO Registered

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    Wow, that may be one of the dumbest ideas ive ever heard.
     
  3. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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  4. Paradox

    Paradox Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

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    I had a hitchhiker mantis in my old reef. I watched it go into a hole in a piece of live rock, took the rock out carefully and freshwater dipped the rock in a bucket. The mantis jumped out immediately.


    Much better method!
     
  5. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    :grin:

    I was shocked to come across that idea in a series of books that I have been so impressed with in the past. Its odd, because later in the book they make an impassioned plea not to use animals as cycle fodder. I found it even odder because at least one of the authors is often active on the ceph-list.
     
  6. Izzy

    Izzy Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    *sigh* Very foolish idea. The poor octopus would probably die from the stress of being in an unbalanced tank or from being moved. That's just plain foolish...
     
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    Isn't it funny what some people believe is acceptable behavior? But I guess somewhere out there, there are people who believe it is cruel to feed live fiddler crabs to a octopus.
     
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    shipposhack Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Yes I'm sure there are people like that. Weird people though... Who cares about a fiddler crab >.>? But if you are going to keep a carnivorous pet, they have to eat. And it is crueler to starve your pet, which is much smarter than a dumb old crab. Same thing with snakes, and other reptiles that eat crickets and mice.
     
  9. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    :lol: Good Job Monty! Another paragraph about the penalties for making calamari or octo stew (I have actually had a spoon full of this - with my eyes closed and not knowing what I was being fed :shock:) might be in order.
     
  10. Animal Mother

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    PETA.
     
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    I just wrote a really long post about how I don't like peta and they are animal killing hypocrites who are against natural feedingand pets, and deleted it because I didn't want to break any forum rules or anything, .I am, however, pro PETA, people eating tasty animals. Anyways, I'm done ranting about that. The fact is, depending on the size of the animals, even if the octopuss survived the bad tank conditions, a mantis shrimp has a good chance of killing the octo unless the mantis is in a burrow with only one hole to get out, which is blocked by the octo. Because if the octo is caught out in the open bet on the mantis. at least that is what I've read.

    Dan
     
  12. Animal Mother

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    Yessir. http://www.reefcentral.com/vid/bluering/bluering_content.html
     
  13. DWhatley

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    I think Neal translates that to something like People Eating Tasty Animals.

    oops, looks like someone else mentioned the same tanslation first.
     
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    pandas may be endangered but... they sure taste good!
     
  15. mosthated

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    I find that video a little disturbing,
     

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