Colin's new octopus

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  1. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Thanks to TONMO's Andy Lister who works at TMC in the UK I have got the first octopus I have had for about 5 years.

    Just arrived today and seems to have settled in well. I still have the lights off so maybe some pics of the animal tomorrow but I did take a half decent one during aclimatisation.

    I think its a Horridus species, very like aculeatus but about twice the size of the two i had before. Mantle length about 6cm, tip to tip arms about 55-60cm stretch. Looks much chunkier than others I have had before. Came from Indonesian shipment.

    anyway, here's a pic... more to follow...
     

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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    :welcome: to your nice looking new octo....
     
  3. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Cheers Monty

    Seems to be acclimatising okay, just squirting a wee bit ink in my face! LOL
     
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    Looks like a good one! Congratulations and welcome to your new octopus.
    Have added it to the List of Our Octopuses, but am waiting for a name.

    Nancy
     
  5. Animal Mother

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    Congrats!
     
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  7. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Meh, worse case scenario i am afraid to say

    Once it had been in the tank for a couple more hours or so I could see the arms twitching out from around the sides of the live rock. The tips were going round in circles and I thought it looked like the behaviour seen when they are shedding sucker caps, but the colour was erratic on its skin. I could see that the octo was very white looking.

    This morning, the octopus is now sitting out in plain view very much doing what senescence octopuses do.

    Now i can see it properly I'd say it is definitely a large horridus like aculeatus and as I said, much larger than any I had seen before therefore old. This is one of the reasons why I had gone off octopuses in the UK!

    So, its either dying from shipping stress or old age (probably made worse by shipping)
     
  8. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    :sad: sorry to hear it
     
  9. Animal Mother

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    *sigh*
     
  10. corw314

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    :cry:Hey Colin,

    At first I was so excited for you as you take awesome pics and I love reading your accounts of the different creatures, (daughter included:smile:) but then I got to the part you think he's at the end of his life.....and my excitement went right out the window. I would love for you to get another, but younger as I'm sure your reports would be awesome for everyone to follow!
     
  11. DWhatley

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    Collin,

    One of my mercs did the arm tip spinny move from a very young age so keep watching and don't give up hope yet. I will say that I am starting to see it more frequently on the other 3 males now at 9 months (strangely enough Sisty doesn't do it much any more). Playing the guessing game, I initially thought it might have to do with plankton feeding but now I wonder if it has something to do with maturing males rather than anything else (Sisty matured very soon where the others we much slower but all were born within a week). I have not seen either of my two (mother and daughter) females show this behavior and I only saw my wild caught mom shed suckers, none of my captive raised seem to have shed (soft life maybe).

    Hoping for the best.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Colin,
    What is the staus of your new critter?
     
  13. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Hi D - not with us anymore Im sorry to say :(
     
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    his picture reminded me of my last octo, Lord Octavius Maximilianus I, who also went into senescence a few months after i got him. :sad:
     
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    Sorry Colin, will you try for another?
     
  16. Colin

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    yes, there are plans on the horizon :)
     

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