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Even experienced ceph keepers with mature tanks should think long and hard before obtaining 'exotic' cephalopods (Thaumoctopus, Wunderpus, Metasepia, O. chierchiae, Nautilus, etc) . Their needs are resource intensive, specific, and not yet fully understood. They often do not survive very long in captivity. Perhaps more importantly, the size and health of their wild populations is unknown and therefore, lessening the pressure caused by collection for the hobby on those wild populations seems exceedingly prudent until more is known.
I am not interested in the purchasing part. I am more interested in what steps can be done to protect them from being taken in the 1st place. Can enough people complain and get the (Thaumoctopus, Wunderpus, Metasepia, O. chierchiae, Nautilus, etc) on a protected list as rare and hard to find, if not endangered?
It would be nice if we have a place we could contact to let them know that a place had such an item so that they could question them to see how they got it and mybe stop the collector. But that said! Thanks for info. Mike
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