Would this be okay???

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  1. really dumb kid

    really dumb kid O. bimaculoides Registered

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    Could i feed a baby two spot clams when baby and then move to frozen shrimp when older with the every now and than crawdad.
    Also how many clams do you feed them when they are babies and for how long.
     
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    as long as the clams are small enough (smaller than his mantle). sometimes they wont eat frozen shrimp right away so you have to be persistant. also try red leg hermits, reef snails (i think turbos and naurses though im probably spellin that wrong) fiddlers, and ive had good luck with grean crabs from the fish'n store.
     
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    ok are blue legged hermits good.
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Excuse the iggerance here (but I'm just a wee small town kiwi lass!) but are crawdads fresh water or marine???? tis one of those terms which appears to have no translation into "kiwiese"

    :grin: J
     
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    A crawdad is the same thing as a crayfish. They are freshwater and kind of look like a lobster.
     
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    I thought the blue's were marine.
     
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    If you mean blue crayfish, they can be found in ponds and streams. If you mean blue-legged hermit crabs, they are marine...
     
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    yes the hermits but would they be okay for an octopus
     
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    Thanks cuttlegirl, some terms just don't translate!

    really dumb kid (I'm sure you're not really! after all you're asking before jumping in!) your fresh water crawdads woudl be OK if it REALLY is only now and then. Freshwater food just isn't right for marine critters(kinda like you living on a diet of candy.....tastes nice but too much is bad for your health!). Try for some live crabs or marine shrimps....much better for an octopus!

    J
     
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    I must agree, if you cant properly feed you ceph you shouldn't keep it. Your ceph needs a balanced diet of shrimp, clams, fiddler crabs, and a variety of other foods, In the wild they do not eat one thing, as you would not want to eat one type of food all day - everyday! That would be nasty, not to mention very unhealthy becasue you would be getting huge amounts of certian nutrients, but completly ignoring the other nutrients one needs to survive. So sad to say but theres no way around it, your gonna have to fork over the cash to get the right foods. I am still investigating collecting fresh crabs and clams for tonmo members. But the 10 fiddlers for 13 bucks which incudes shipping is gonna be hard to beat.
     
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    Their right..make sure your octo has a variety of foods in order to mantain the protien it gets which is needed to grow up healthy and comfortably.
     
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    blue legs might b ok at first but there kina small. eventually youll move onto the scarlets witch are bigger and then so on
     
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    ok but the scarlets at my pet store are 15$ just for one i'll check ebay.
     
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    you may obtain 35 for around 50$ on ebay (thats s+h included) just search under live crabs the listing should still be up as its buy it now price.
     
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    Where do you get ten fiddlers for thirteen?
    If you already answered this earlier, sorry just logged on.
     
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    how often do i feed him when he is grown once a day ever other..........
     
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    As much as he'll eat! which varies from individual to individual...they won't over eat. Typically they need to be fed every day.

    J
     
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    ok well so i feed him clams when he is a baby and then go to blue hermits bc they are small and them head to fiddlers and frozen shrimp along with the like every few weeks crayfish and along with some safe things i see in the stores like fish but marine and feed him every day if he wants it and switch up the diet to keep him guessing as well as good nutirtion and i can keep them in my sump correct and when the clams are in the sump whant would i feed them??????
     

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