Where can I get a O. Vulgaris?

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  1. natedwm

    natedwm Larval Mass Registered

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    If anybody knows of a web site or a place in CA that i can get a O. Vulgaris, please let me know.

    And what is the size difference in a O. Vulgaris and a O. Bimac?

    It will be housed in a 180 gallon set up.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Blitz

    Blitz Cuttlefish Registered

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    Not sure about the website, but Bimac's arms reach up to about 58cm/23 inches, whereas vulgaris can reach up to several feet (3ft I think).
     
  3. Armstrong

    Armstrong Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    In estimated terms, a Bimac is generally around 1.5 ft. arm-length...while an Octopus Vulgaris can reach up to 2.5 ft. arm length. Max is 3 ft, but in captivity...its generally 2 to 2.5 ft.

    180 gallons sounds perfect for an octopus vulgaris as LONG as you have the right research and knowledge to keep them. Check out the ceph care section of this site if you havent. :wink:

    As for buying one, check out the "Cephalopod Page" which is the name of a website you search up on google. There, you can find various cephalopod sources of live animals in stock...im pretty sure I saw a few online places selling Vulgaris.


    I wanna own a Vulgaris one day...all the Vulgaris talk is making me jealous, lol.
     
  4. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Any O. vulgaris for sale would probably come from the Caribbean - perhaps some of the web sites of Florida companies might offer this species.

    Nancy
     
  5. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    The 'vulgaris' that I ordered from Indonesia turned out to be Blue rings so don't rely to heavily on the trade names, but certainly have a chat with your local aquarium shops... good luck :)
     
  6. Ryan Smith

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    Well theres a local place that sells mercs, mimics, vulgaris, and blue rings. They actualy catch them to your demand because they are all divers. www.seasave.net . But be warned, I went in there the other day and the owners are out of their mind, and are VERY religious and preachy. If your system isnt set up right, they wont sell to you. And say they know everything about fish and inverts (octos, sharks, rays) even though they are high school drop outs. They dont trust marine biologist and will lecture you unmercifully. Ummm, I wouldnt reccomend buying from them, but if you are in dire need of a vulgaris they special order them. They are $120 or $150 and you can be semi specific on the size you want. I got a lecture of how octopus need miles of territory and how all octos shouldnt even be kept in even 300+ gallon tanks. They hate aquariums and on their website compair concentration camps to aquariums etc. Soooooo Good Luck! Check out their website and tell me what you think!
     
  7. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Curious site. I sent a note asking info about the capture location of the common octopus :roll: Caribbean Common is the briareus but common world wide is typically vulgaris (which they list separately and has me wondering what it really is). It will be interesting to see if they reply.

    In principle, I don't disagree with their policies or mission statement but I don't think I would care to engage in a discussion even if we agreed on the topic.
     
  8. Ryan Smith

    Ryan Smith Wonderpus Registered

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    I agree mostly with them too, they just take it way to far.
     
  9. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    SeaSafe replied to my email

    Almost two months after I sent them a note:
     

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