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Aculeatus hatchlings

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Some babies have hatched. I gave them some food and watched them jet excitedly into it. The babies are in my octo system which was my reason for adding the sump (they're in the sump) it is a 20gal round polyethelene tub with very low flow. With all the problems I've had with my tank lately I didn't think I would have any babies at all. I know I've lost some eggs but we shall see what happens:fingerscrossed:
 

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Redoc,
The tank material may be the answer to your octos behavior. Steve felt that polyethylene was deadly to the squid. I found one reference to some of the discussion on the possible problem here:

http://www.tonmo.com/community/index.php?threads/354/&highlight=polyethylene
Thanks a lot for the info. As far as I know polyethelene is inert as they stated in the other thread but its the other chemicals they use in production that may cause a problem??? I hope my problems are solved. I was pretty surprised to see babies tonight.
 

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Please post what you try and the observed results (including longest lived timing). As you know, very few keepers have posted anything about the small egg hatchings and it is difficult to even eliminate methods without reading others experiences. Thanks!
 

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The first disaster

I came home from work today and went to check on the babies to find no water flowing. My wife then tells me she accidentally unpluged the powerhead for the sump. She also somehow managed to pull the hose out of the powerhead?? So they spent all day with no heat or water flow. It took quite a while to get it all running properly again. On a good note the babies appear to be eating I can't really see them do it but it looks like they're going through the motions. Day 2. I did talk to one person who tried to raise small egg babies she said 2 days was all she got. wish me luck on day3
 

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Good luck on day 3!
:fingerscrossed:

But like D said, if you don't succeed, at least fail intelligently! :wink:
 

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Bad news good news

I guess the stress of not having any heat or circulation for roughly 8 hours was too much for the little guys. There are very few left, maybe more clinging to the macro algae. My curent octo is in the process of laying eggs:cry::smile: she is still eating and it looks like she still has more eggs to lay. I guess I will be trying again in about 3 weeks. I still have a little hope for the first babies as they are good at hiding.
 

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:sad: but there being any left at all is still impressive and inspiring. It's also interesting that they're grabbing the algae, since the common wisdom is that they'd prefer to live in the water column. :fingerscrossed: and maybe this is a weirdly good sign, in that it'll cut down on density for the little ones, and maybe make them easier to feed and less cannibalistic or otherwise competitive.

I also just noticed that neither of your octos is in the "list of our octopuses." That might be useful to add, particularly if the babies survive to adulthood, so PMing Nancy about that would be good. I was actually looking because I've forgotten whether both your octos are aculeatus... is the new batch of eggs the same species?
 

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My current octopus is laying eggs as I type so I will have a chance to try again, with some small improvements to my setup. As for the vacuuming I have made threats of Death and dismemberment if anyone touches my plugs again!!!!!:evil: It takes lots of fiddling to get the flow just right.:bugout::banghead: Thanks for the support.
 

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:sad: but there being any left at all is still impressive and inspiring. It's also interesting that they're grabbing the algae, since the common wisdom is that they'd prefer to live in the water column. :fingerscrossed: and maybe this is a weirdly good sign, in that it'll cut down on density for the little ones, and maybe make them easier to feed and less cannibalistic or otherwise competitive.

I also just noticed that neither of your octos is in the "list of our octopuses." That might be useful to add, particularly if the babies survive to adulthood, so PMing Nancy about that would be good. I was actually looking because I've forgotten whether both your octos are aculeatus... is the new batch of eggs the same species?
Yes, Both were and are Aculeatus. Unfortunately both Quite mature when I got them.
 

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As for the vacuuming I have made threats of Death and dismemberment if anyone touches my plugs again!!!!!:evil: It takes lots of fiddling to get the flow just right.:bugout::banghead: Thanks for the support.

Bad answer, volunteering to do the vacuuming in sensative areas makes one's spouse more likely not to groan about the money we spend on our critters :grin:
 

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She also enjoys the critters and stays at home. I help out where I can but after 8-15 hours of work the last thing I want to do is house work But I definitely see your point.
 

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the last thing I want to do is house work But I definitely see your point.
The last thing ANYONE wants to do is housework! :lol: Technology has fallen behind. Starting in the 50's continuing throught the 70's there were lots of innovations to reduce the drudgery but not much (a little flooring perhaps) has been invented since. My self-cleaning table, shower down walls and floor and hang and wash laundry have not come to pass.:sad:
 

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She has the option to go back to work, I would be happy to stay home even if I had to do all the house work. Your right with all the technology you'd think it would be a lot easier. I think staying home with kid and critters is a lot more rewarding than going to work ( and my wife agrees ) I lose and have to work:roll::lol:
 

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She has the option to go back to work, I would be happy to stay home even if I had to do all the house work. Your right with all the technology you'd think it would be a lot easier. I think staying home with kid and critters is a lot more rewarding than going to work ( and my wife agrees ) I lose and have to work:roll::lol:
ummmm, I'll agree with the critters part :wink:
 

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Lots of eyes watching me

The new batch of eggs seem to be developing well. Mom is still with us and has been eating up until yesterday. It looks like she is nearing the end:sad: I don't know why but both octos laid strings of infertile eggs with not as many eggs on the string they were the first eggs laid? I don't have as many eggs this time. ( this female is quite a bit smaller than the first ) I think I've got about another 7 to 10 days before they hatch although they don't look like they are developing as fast as the last eggs. Still if anyone has any thoughts on how to raise the little guys just throw your ideas here.
 

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