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catch your own?

cthulhu77

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sorry about that tip...but it does work... :?
Also, keep your eyes open for large bivalve shells...octos love to hide in empty ones...even if the byssus is still attached.
Good luck! take pics!
Greg
p.s. better take a lot of beer or iced tea. :smile:
 

Pacific Blue

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I have had sucsess talking to shrimp fishermen they usualy catch some small vulgaris in there nets up here in the pacific north west. I would imagine that florida might be the same. They would trade a half sack of beer for a small one. The urine works quite well, that is how the get the GPO for the public aquariums.

Pacific Blue :boat:
 

dekim28

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i had thought about the fishermen,i know they do catch them,but i wondered if they would be viable?i imagine they wouldn't exactly take care of them and thought the rough handling and shock might be too much for them to throw off? how did yours do?and i will try the urine i'll just let my better half do the honors.
 

Pacific Blue

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I found that the fisherman was very nice and understanding, he has been a great help with providing care for cephs. He realy goes out of his way to ensure the octo is well treated. I keept one GPO for 6 months then let him go from a shrimp boat. Good luck finding one who is as agreeable.

Pacific Blue :boat:
 

dekim28

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that's great!i will try to catch my own first,but if i can't i'll call the guy that delivers shrimp to my dad. i only want one, but just out of curiousity are there any compatible species?they are all too territorial/aggressive to have more than one to a tank right?
 
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Here in NC, a lot of Vulgaris are caught in Sea Bass Pots (like crab pots). Our aquarium got several that way. Unfortunately these guys are a little larger since the small ones usually squeeze right back out.
 

Sedusa

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I remember watching the Jacques Cousteau Octopus, Octopus film, and them showing mediterranean fisherman catching octos (and then dispatching them!! :frown: ) in jars that they had tied to ropes... being as it was a good den the octo would move in and then they'd just reel it up. I've heard this same technique described elsewhere, and I would attempt this if I were to try to catch my own octo, but I don't have a tank (even tho where I live is prime bimac country)
 

joel_ang

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I have never tried catching an octo before(there is a nearly constant supply of octos here :thumbsup:). But good luck anyway, do inform us if you catch one!
 

dekim28

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sorry about not responding to all these great ideas ,my modem tore up and i had to have it fixed, but thanks so much and i can/will try them all. i could probably just buy one but i think it'll be more interesting this way!
 

dekim28

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no dice on an octo this weekend , just some anenomes,conchs,bleenies,etc.for our reef tank.i guess we'll try again this coming weekend.
 

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