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I a lucky to have a seafood market here that sells live food. She eats live escargo snails and clams. Right now she is going thru about 40 snails and 20 clams a month. I got her on Feb 25, 2003. She has doubled her size since then.
Does she have the strength to open the clams herself? I've been thinking about getting some to put in my tank for Roxy, plus my sea star would eat them too. What size are you getting? I believe about Sam doubling in size, I've had roxy 9 days and I know she's already bigger.
Sideways, She has always been able to open clams. The clams i give her are BTW 2-3 inches in dia. All of them she has no problem getting open. She seems to like the snails better tho. When I got her last batch i found out that they fish market will be getting live squid in soon. Question - can i put live suid in the tank for the octo as a food source and if so what do they eat? I put live phytoplankton in for the clams and the snails eat algea. I would like to get squid if it is a food source but dont want them to die off and ruin the tank balance.
Better buy just one clam as a test. When I learned that Sam was eating clams, I bought one for Ollie. He hadn't the faintest idea what it was for;, even though I let the clam live there in the tank for about two weeks. (The pencil urchin knew it was food and climbed all over it, but was unable to open the clam.) So it seems to depend on the individual bimac - maybe you have a clam eater like Sam.