what is a good source for cheap crabs for feeding my octopus

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  1. JRocha

    JRocha Supporting Member

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    I have an octopus and he seems to love live crabs. he will not eat the 3 damsels I put in for him but will attack any crab that goes into his tank. I am looking to buy a big group of live crabs for him but everyone charges like 5 dollars a crab. I want something cheap and healthy to feed Squidward. Any ideas?
     
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    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

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    IIRC, one particular cephalomiester would go catch crabs by the bay.
     
  3. GreshamH

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    cheapest is the ocean (little rock crabs, etc)
     
  4. JAR

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    Go buy a crab trap or a ring an get some cat food or chicken parts.
    Drop it in the bay and you got crabs!
    You may need a fishing license and you can't keep dungeness.
    you can get sand crabs at the beach at low tide also.
    now that I think about it you can turn over a rock at low tide in the bay and find crabs.
     
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    IIRC if it is a man made structure yo do not need a fishing license, that's why the jetty in HMB always has people on it, they think they are going to be able to catch a bunch of fish for free :D
     
  6. JAR

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    My boat is a man made structure!
    What a rip off!
    I never should have bought that damn license.
     
  7. GreshamH

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    guys, small little crabs from the tidepools/reef/rocks ;) Not legal size eating crabs :D

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  8. Erick

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    When I was a kid in socal we used to catch those on the jetties, a piece of fishing line and some meat, the crabs usually don't let go.
     
  9. JRocha

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    Will I get in trouble for taking these little guys, since they are so small? Or is it ok. I just started up a small brakish system to keep some fiddlers alive and feed them well so squidward gets a healthy and clean diet. Not too fond of crabs from the bay since a person is not supposed to eat it too many from there so not sure if that would be a godd idea. I might go hit up Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica by some rocks I know. I only live 5 minutes away to the beach so I will go hunting there. But would really like to know if I will get in trouble for pulling these small crabs out. Swuidward's head is only 1" so I can't imagine getting him anything bigger than his head.
     
  10. tuberider

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    Try the jetty in HMB, it's loaded and you won't get a hard time from people since the folks on the jetty are from out of town ;)
     
  11. JRocha

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    nice. I think I might do that tomarrow since I am on my last fiddler crab for him. I also live in Pacifica so HMB is really close to me. Thanks
     
  12. Thales

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    Go to an intertidal area at low tide and start flipping rocks. There will be Hemigrapsus under there that will be easy to catch by hand. The crab pictured above is a Pachygrapsus and are fast.
    Take the damsels out - odds are they will start picking at the octo.

    :D
     
  13. GreshamH

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    fast? Guess that is relative. Caught those all my life... big ones are fast, but he doesn't want those puppies :)
     
  14. aalhait

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    JAR,

    I can suggest another cheaper way of catching "crabs" but let's not go there...

    :*
     
  15. northbay-reefer

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    You will only get in trouble if you get caught so I wouldn't worry about it at all .....LOL

    Another way you can do it is put your octopus on a leash and then take him out and drop him into the bay every night for dinner :D :D
     
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    i've been around the oakland airport area and couldn't find any crabs. i think you need a license no matter where you go. there was some 'fishing cop' or something that stopped and asked if i needed any help when i was by the side of the road at a pier so i think they do check up on people. i did see a really scary stingray though.
     
  17. JRocha

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    thanks for the suggestions but I have yet to try this even though I should. we have been feeding him mostly fiddlers and red claw crabs, a few saltwater red crabs, and a nassurus snail. There's always tomarrow.
     

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