• Welcome to TONMO, the premier cephalopod interest community, and birthplace of #WorldOctopusDay and #CephalopodAwarenessDays. Founded in 2000, we are a large community of experts, hobbyists and enthusiasts, some of whom come together when we host our biennial conference. To join in on the fun, sign up. You can also become a Supporter for just $50/year to remove all ads and enjoy other perks. Follow us on Twitter for more cephy goodness.

Food starting to cost lots of $$

joenewbe

Cuttlefish
Registered
Joined
Apr 14, 2005
Messages
18
I have 2 small cuttle fish. I started with mysids and now am ordering shoresrimp from sachs. They went through 50 shrimp last week. The srimp were extra small this time. I figure this is going to cost me a fortune. When i had an octo i feed him mainly frozen shrimp
Does anyone have any ideas of cheap ways to feed them. They are only gonna get bigger and more hungry. I live in Wisconsin.
joe
 

DHyslop

Architeuthis
Registered
Joined
Dec 22, 2004
Messages
1,713
It'll get worse before it gets better. My two go through about 100 shore shrimp in 10 days.

I believe mine will take frozen food when the time comes, however it will be a while until they can tackle shrimp that big.

Dan
 

Nancy

Titanites
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Nov 20, 2002
Messages
5,772
You might discuss this problem with the people at Sachs - could you order more at a time, or could they make sure that more of are larger.

You might discuss cuttle food with your lfs and see whether they could help in any way, by ordering large quantities of shrimp and keeping them on hand. It's usually cheaper to order yourself.

It's expensive raising cuttles - in fact, it's expensive keeping cuttles and octos as compared with reef fish. On the other hand, they cost less initially and when they can eat frozen shrimp, you can buy a bag of shrimp, so they're a lot less expensive.

Has anyone tried frozen krill?

Nancy
 
Joined
Sep 16, 2005
Messages
4,936
Nancy;77763 said:
Has anyone tried frozen krill?

I offer frozen krill from time to time, when my cuttles seem especially hungry. So far, no interest. They used to eat frozen mysids but that was a looooooooooong time ago.
 

DHyslop

Architeuthis
Registered
Joined
Dec 22, 2004
Messages
1,713
Nancy;77763 said:
You might discuss this problem with the people at Sachs - could you order more at a time, or could they make sure that more of are larger.


Our shipment from them last week was mostly small shrimp, too.

I've let them know they can give me bigger shrimp, but I think last week they were doing what they could with what they had in their bins.

Dan
 
Joined
Sep 16, 2005
Messages
4,936
I also had tiny shrimp the last time (a few larger ones...) last week. I was a little worried because I went away for a few days and I just dumped about 20 shrimp in the tank and hoped for the best. They survived :biggrin2: .
 

DHyslop

Architeuthis
Registered
Joined
Dec 22, 2004
Messages
1,713
cuttlegirl;77785 said:
I also had tiny shrimp the last time (a few larger ones...) last week. I was a little worried because I went away for a few days and I just dumped about 20 shrimp in the tank and hoped for the best. They survived :biggrin2: .

We were away for 10 days, although we had a neighbor coming in every day to feed. We had an experienced aquarist friend of ours come by on the day the shrimp were delivered to acclimate them and to make sure everything was working fine.

Regardless, it was a tough time for me having their safety out of my hands. Someday I'm going to set up webcams on the tanks so I can check in on them.

Dan
 
Joined
Mar 23, 2005
Messages
3,026
I don't think baby monitors were even in existence when my kids were born.
Tony, when are you going to create a crotchety old smiley with a cane?
 

Forum statistics

Threads
20,880
Messages
206,850
Members
8,476
Latest member
AndyR83

Monty Awards

TONMOCON IV (2011): Terri
TONMOCON V (2013): Jean
TONMOCON VI (2015): Taollan
TONMOCON VII (2018): ekocak


Top