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Blue ring questions

ddarko66

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I know I will catch hell for asking but...... has anyone had luck with blue rings? Several years ago I managed a petstore and ordered a dwf octopus for a client. When the order arrived I instantly fell in love with the blue ring I was sent by mistake. I refused to sell the little girl to my clients explaining I did not want to be held responsible if anyone got bitten. But truth be told I wanted her all to myself. I kept her 3 months before she died after laying a clutch of eggs. None of the eggs hatched and the 2 other blue rings I have ordered sence were DOA. I hate to keep ordering the little beauties with such rates of dead arrivals. Have any of you had luck ordering them in? As a end note I must say that Blue rings are deadly and I DO NOT advise anyone keeping them!

Thanks,
Donnie Darko
 

Colin

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hi Donnie,

You obviously know what you are talking about regarding BROs. You are right not to suggest that anyone should keep one but I have also had them sent to me by accident which were supposed to be vulgaris!

i have swapped a fair few emails back and forth with Dr Roy Caldwell who is very experienced on studying the BROs and he states that 3 months is about the max they will live in capitvity but most often a month or less.

The death rate during shipping is very high and this may be due to catching procedures and shipping stress... Most stories of imports die within a day or two.

So, in short... they have a maximum wild life from egg to senesence which lasts about 6 months, average 1 day to 1 month in captivity and an accident could really hurt you.... what a rubbish pet LOL!!!!

why not try a species better suited to captivity? You will have a blast!

Welcome to TONMO.com,

Colin
 

ddarko66

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Thanks Colin,

I do plan to try a aquacultured octo from octopets in the next week or so. I hope to have better luck and a longer lived beauty that my blue ring.

Donne Darko
 

Colin

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Good luck

make sure you keep us up to date and add details to the ceph database etc :smile:
 

tjohnson

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Im not Colin, but I vote Bimac, they are readily available, smaller then vulg's and longer life span then pygmys, +they are captive breed so you know they are only about 2-3 mounth old.
 
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