I agree it's probably not the best staple. In a way that sort of worked to my advantage, in that it may have helped keep the octopus smaller. Not begging for a flaming for talking about stunting here, although it may seem that way.... doh! I am curious about the relationship between growth and health. Can an octopus be truely healthy and yet not be recieving the food it needs for maximum growth?
I'm not a scientist here, just an advanced aquarist. For me I can see the benefit of a healthy diet for an (pet) octopus that resulted in a smaller animal in the long run.
Myself I have a 6X2X2 foot tank and that lets me go for maximum size possible. That means red crabs from my personal observations... kinda hard to weigh them every day to be sure...
If I could find a species of marine snail that would breed well a shallow salt pond is easy enuf, and I have plenty of experience turning them green. heh heh
Not sure why I am locked onto snails at the moment. Maybe because they are sensetive to many of the same toxins as octopus. If they are contaminated they are dead anyway in most cases.
All things in consideration though, your prob right about banishing them to the treat bin. Gonna play around with them for a bit, if I get a prob you guys will be the first to know.
As a strange side point, in the fish world it is usually preferable to feed freshwater fish saltwater feeders and saltwater fish get freshwater feeders. This is still working off the treat rules, not as a staple but anyway the reason is that it reduces the chance of a parasite in the feeder finding the new host suitable.
Anyway Jean, cheers for the convo. Has helped me plan out a few things that I had not really thought through. I may be writing like I got all the answers but here on the ground it's a different story! Personly I thought I had the feeder idea down with a breeding school of pacific blue eyes but octopuses can eat a lot more than I expected when they get large.
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