2 O.Mercatoris

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  1. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    My mercs just arrived. Just what size should these guys be? One of them is bigger than I expected. Mantle is about 1 1/2" arms (hard to extimate) look to be about 2 1/2- 3". The smaller of the 2 is balled up, can't really judge size yet but 1/2 the size.
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    YAY!!

    Cool, your larger one sounds like it is the same as Izzy. PICS!!!
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Here is the larger of the two, it is very active, the smaller is still balled up.

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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    PH is low, off the chart low. I will be acclimating them for a long while here.
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Nice! man your sound just like mine. Izzy was the explorer while Bee was the ball.


    The pH dropps alot with shipping, plus they don't use buffer.
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    The crabs I received... I am still observing them, not sure if I am happy. They are a mix of decorator, emerald and 1 HUGE monster. Several are damaged, missing claws/legs. 1 is missing all his legs on one side. The big, scarey one, it's carapace is 2" wide and big pointy claws, do I need to worry about it hurting Ollie? Several decorators have decided to hide in Ollies den. I saw his arm push them out but they are too scared or too stupid to move. We'll see how this goes.

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    3 brittle stars and all peppermint shrimp are wonderfully active and seem very healthy. :smile:
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    The smaller one.

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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    For practical porposes (until my daughter decides) I will be calling the larger of the two #1 and the smaller #2. I have taken many photos, a fraction of which are clear enough to post, borrowed camera. I am grateful to my sister who lent it to me. First I will post photos of #1.

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    #1 and #2

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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    I think I just lost #1.
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Yes, #1 is gone, darn, I am really bummed out.
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Oh darn! they are very fragile I know EXACTLY how you feel.
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    #2 is between the rockwork and the wall. I can see enough of him/her, (leaning towards her) to see they are still breathing. I am almost holding my breath, very nervous.
     
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    The mantle size on the first one made me think female with eggs. The fact that she was actively running around makes me think post hatch female. In Trappers case (as with my other species of post hatch females), the mantle was not as firm looking though. More stretched out and wobbley. IME a healthy merc will turn dark red (not a sort-of-maybe dark but dark, dark) when released to the tank and will head for the LR. Spent animals seem to loose their ability to color more than other species and will come out during the day at the end of their lives.
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    The mantle did seem rather large and watching it move, it was a little floppy. Oh well, hopefully I'll have better luck next times. I am just keeping my fingers crossed for #2.
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Forgot, in the excitment to say, I got them from Tomscaribbean.com.
    My daughter is naming this one, she has decided on Zuzu. :smile:
     
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    welcome Zuzu, I like the name.
     
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    Congrats on the new octos! Wish my Luck for them!:fingerscrossed:
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    FYI the dark spots that show so clearly on all the mercs are their gill hearts.

    I believe Tom covers these with his warranty if you want to check on getting a second (shipping is not included).

    If the big, ugly crab has a strong pincher, you can either disable or remove it. Many crabs will drop their claws if dangled by them. If you can get it to do this, it is better for the crab's survival should it not be eaten immediately. To disable it break off on section of the upper part of the claw (or remove the full upper section). It will live awhile like this but this method is more damaging to the animal.
     
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    Really! I never asked for it, but i paid for Bee after 'B' died
     

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