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Latest on Octopets - Not good news

corw314

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Wow...No more Fed Ex trucks from Octopets...That is indeed sad.....Wonder why bluerings seem to be so easy to order in? Maybe because they are more close to the shore? Last time I was out in Pa, they said they too had just ordered a bluering for a customer. Don't know why shops do or even offer these little guys.
 
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Because bluerings are pretty and inexperienced poeple like to but cephs into tanks that are usually too small, not escape proof and have no idea where a Bluering comes from. (Let's hope that they at least know not to let the Bluering bite them...)
 
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Yeah, live aquaria has been saying "coming soon" for like 3 months now. I bet they too were waiting for octopuses from octopets.

Ben
 

ant

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Depression setting in.. Im very tempted to buy a blue ring. :razz: Anyone find any sources or is this the end of the octopus?
 

Nancy

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No, this is not the end of our octopuses. Maybe we were wrong to depend so much on one source.

Some of our members are interested in breeding octopuses, or at least raising hatchlings. This will be one source for the future.

But, the LFSs are getting wild caught octos in - it's not impossible to find one. There seem to be more available on the local level than from the big online stores. I think we all should report in on the availability of octos at local LFSs and keep everyone informed.

For instance, I know Fish Supply is getting a few in and we've had good experiences buying from them. Also, they ship well.

Nancy
 
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i wouldent go so far as to say this is the end of the octopus, but to say that octo's are taking a vacation at the current time would fit. or well captive bred ones that is. live cought are still coming in
 

DHyslop

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Marine Depot still says they have two octopus in stock. They claim them to be Octopus bimaculatus but I doubt they can differentiate it from O. bimaculoides.

I have gone back and forth a little bit with them about their octopuses via email. I casually remarked at one point that there's a market, albeit small, for captive-bred octopus, and a larger fish company that already had all the equipment and employees could probably make a bit of profit off them.

They politely corrected me, letting me know there is little interest in octopus at this time.

Dan
 

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