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May be a stupid ? BUt want to know

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I was wondering what if any anenomies sea cucumbers,sea apples, clams etc with a Bimac? I know chances are pretty slim but was wondering if anyone has had any success with any of the above mentioned or anything else not mentioned.
 

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I have kept sea cucumbers, sea apples and some hardy soft corals with cuttlefish before but never with octopuses. best you can expect there is maybe start fish or urchins.

Avoid anemones because they will sting an octopus's sensitive skin!

Clams will just get eaten 8)

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So far my octo has cohabited perfectly with 3 brittle stars, a sand sifting star, a Fromia sp. star, and three urchins (two blue tuxedo urchins and a pencil urchin.)

I have heard that they don't interact with cucumbers, either. But I have heard so many horror stories about cukes that, although I really want one, I'm terrified to get one. They can release lethal toxins into a tank (especially the pretty sea apples that I want), especially upon death, which seem to especially kill fish, and MAY not be a threat to inverts. They can vomit/eject their internal organs or Cuvier tubules (I think I remember that name properly) in defense...which can again toxify the tank, but worse, the tubules are incredibly sticky, like glue. A fish covered in them isn't likely to survive, plus it's nightmarish stuff to try to remove from the tank.

Colin...any experience on that? Would a sea apple dying in the tank harm corals/other inverts/octos?

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Yeah, im sure it would harm a a ceph too.

I have to say that the best looking sea apple i have ever seen was the one that was in my cuttlefish tank.. if you think that octos are messy try a cuttlefish! The apple was always feeding on the bits of food the cuttles would blast into the water. And it was also used as a handy sitting spot when they cuttles got tired LOL they used to just sit on the apple half way up the glass.

When the cuttlefish were all gone the apple died about two months later!

C
 

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Re: May be a stupid ? BUt want to know

Non toxic echinoderms are usually perfectly safe with an octopus.

A few Cnidarians that the octopus can avoid are also fine.

Many, but certainly not all, octopuses will eat clams.

I prefer lobster myself :biggrin2:
 

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LOL yeah maybe that's it!

Ever seen the documentaries with the sea cucumbers that have a species of blenny hide inside their backside if danger threatens????

Off topic but I just seen it a few days ago and the apple made me think of it!

Is there an emoticon for that?

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Colin said:
LOL yeah maybe that's it!

Ever seen the documentaries with the sea cucumbers that have a species of blenny hide inside their backside if danger threatens????

Yes! I don't remember the name of the documentary -- I think it might have been about symbiosis -- but they did show footage of the little fish inhabiting the sea cuke's nether orifice. It occurred to me that someone could make a fortune selling posters of that with the caption, "And you think YOUR job is bad?"

:yuck:
 

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