Presented by Charles & Linda Raabe
Mactan Island, The Philippines
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If you have ever had the fortune to dive with an octopus, cuttlefish, or squid, or have kept one as a pet, you learned quickly that for a so called "Invert", they are very smart and full of character. Which makes keeping one as a pet very challenging.
I have had the fortune of keeping octopus and cuttlefish over the years and if there is one thing you learn quickly is that an octopus is a master escape artist and a very efficient hunter. There is only one way to keep an octopus, and that is in a species specific tank, dedicated to just the one octopus.
The tank and filtration systems have to take into account that Octopus have no skeleton and can squeeze through the smallest of openings. There are many instances where a hobbyist has stepped on their octopus in the morning a few rooms away from where the tank is.
If you are willing to take the time and effort to keep one as a pet, they can be extremely interesting and will even learn to be friendly, that is, if you have food in your hand. One word of warning though, from time to time you may see the small blue ring octopus for sale, DO NOT buy it, they are very venomous and can kill you. There are alot of other species available that pose no danger to you or unsuspecting children or guests. And please do not buy any cephlapod on impulse, most species only have a year or two life span and need specific tank requirements to keep one, which takes planning and forethought. The same concerns and care needed by Cuttlefish and Squid are very similar as the Octopus.
Below are the egg mass that my cuttlefish laid a month after capture, appearing as small black spheres which is due to a coating of the mother's ink but clears as the eggs swell, after which you can see the baby cuttlefish swimming around in its enclosed aquatic little world. Also shown is a newly hatched baby at one day old. For very detailed information on the care, breed and raising of this species, please see this extermely informative website.
I'm always amazed at how the cephlapods are able to be extremely rapid quick change artists, able to instantly chance their colorations and even the texture of their skin to not only act as camoflauge, but to communicate their moods to members of their own species. It is very easy to become intriqued by these intellegent invertebrates.
CEPHBASE - A database driven website on all living Cephlapods.
THE CEPHLAPOD PAGE - A personal website of Dr. James Wood.
THE CEPHLAPOD WEBSITE - Information and forums concerning all areas of cephlapod care and identification.
KEEPING CUTTLEFISH - A very good article concering the keeping and care of cuttlefish.
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