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baby clams?

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ive noticed one thing in the bahamas while diving and walking the tide pools. certain octos that live in certain areas prefer to eat mussles and clams. ive found many dens littered with hermit shells and crab claws but occasionally youll find a den with nothing but mussles around the hole. ive even found some dens where there will be a nice neat pile of empty shells then next to it a nice neat pile of live ones that the octo has collected and saved for later like a can of peanuts ready to be cracked...
 


SandV

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Nancy they are bigger than him but i just open them for him and he climbs in them and chows down... i have noticed tho that he only really eats the part that is attached to the shell and not the big fleshy part that i would go for... i don't know if he just likes that part or if it is just part of him being "special'... but if you make him mad he will tear at it and shot pieces at me...
 

DWhatley

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Nancy,
I keep my fiddlers in two 2 gallon tanks with nano overflows and either lava or live rock. The one with lava rock is divided in half with a filter on each side and the rock resting on the divider so any (well, most) escapees end up in the other half. The undivided tank has LR that I am trying to keep that way but needed to remove it to give Octane some running room ;>). Since that little tank has some biological filtration (no to mention a little more room), I keep the mussles there. Each 2 gallon comfortably supports 20 crabs (comfortably is defined as I don't find dead ones).
 

Nancy

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D, what I'm really trying to find out is whether you keep your fidders in water, half water half rocks or substrate, or what.

I researched them a few years ago and found the ones from Florida would do best with damp sand (using 1/2 salt, half RO/DI water poured on the sand) and a pool of brackish water to swim in if they liked. The ones I put into my salt water tank lasted about a month (if they weren't eaten). The ones with the sand and the pool lasted a long time and one lived for 2 1/2 years. I fed them flakes, air popped popcorn, lettuce and ripe fruit.

How does that match up with your experience?

Nancy
 

DWhatley

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Nancy,
I keep the little tanks half full with rock sticking out for sunning ;>) and use my regular, undiluted saltwater and feed whatever is left over from the octos dinner (Cyclop-eeze or mysis or occassional dried marine fish food) about twice a week. They easily survive a month but are served up to the octos over that period of time (I only change the water when new ones arrive but I do run a small filter) so I have not kept one much longer than perhaps two months to make a longevity determination (Paul and I are on a first name basis ;>).
 



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