Hey guys I finally got Dr. Octavius in ,has nice home 240 g

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  1. marinerules

    marinerules Wonderpus Registered

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    im so excited let me start by saying that he is going in a 240 gallon tank that has been cycling for 4 months, , and every parameter is correct.

    however Its going to be very difficult to catch two yellow tangs and 4 damsels, and a shrimp

    I also do not have a sump yet, I have my skimmer, bu its just sitting in the tank and I dont want it to suck the octo up , so I think it can manage in this big of a tank for 2-3 weeks without a skimmer until I get my pump for my sump, lol , which i was thinking about a amp master 3000 , unless someone can sgtire me in a better direction

    say if i wasnt able to catch a damel or two , or even my tangs

    THEY THEMSELVES wont kill the octopus woudl they , I mean , I know that they would eventually be lunch , but im definatly not wanting it the other way around
     
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    WOW! huge tank. You dont have to worry about the damsels. They wont hurt the octo if you keep them in.But he WILL eat them. Not sure about the tangs. Im not that experienced with pumps either :|
     
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    oh

    you dont have a sump?

    what about a protein skimmer ?


    when my water gets stireed its gets a little brown and stinky
    but i think its diatoms
    because i have checked my nitrate , nitrite, and ammonia and all are 0
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Wow! That's a huge tank!!! Damsels can be a problem especially for a young baby like you're getting. Think it's been known for them to pick at the octos eyes. Simple would be to set up something inside the tank for the time being. Think there's pics on site when Lil P arrived.

    Carol
     
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    well i have a protein skimmer in teh tank

    its just he could get sucked up the intake on the water pump that feeds the skimmer

    i guess i could take soemthign like panty hose or something , im not sure ???
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes, cover all intakes with some sort of net - the kind used in the little bags for carbon, the kind used in fish nets, even the kind some veggies come in. We have had little bimacs get sucked in before.

    You can use rubber bands or other sorts of ties (no metal) to fasten the netting.

    Nancy
     
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    oh me

    im not sure what time he will be here

    i ordered some crabs and snails once fedex overnight and they got here before 10::30 but octopets sent it DHL , and I dont know if they have a "arrive before so and so time" policy

    i could wait all day on it .
    and i hope I dont have to do that
     
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    hes here , hes here

    i am acclimating him right now , his mantle is a little bigger than a quarter and his 2 inch legs lol

    he inked just a bit in the bad , but its not real blacok water still looks clear

    anyways, im just hoping he doestn escape i have every hole and any wat to get out covered except by the filter which i cant make escape proof

    unless i have some astroturf or somethign i can find
     
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    i have a really good picture of him , but its too big to post i think

    anyways , he wondered around for about 20 minutes, and he hate 3 nassarius snails , but now hes under a rock and not moving and hes been that way for about 4 hours

    i hope something isnt wrong with him
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Don't panic! They rest after their trip. Sometimes they don't come out for a week, especially if there's plenty of food in the tank. You can reduce your picture in your photo software to 1000 and it will post. Usually theres a resize option.

    Glad he made it ok!

    Carol
     
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    Octos don't move around the tank all the time, and after such a long trip, I'd think your octo would be tired. They remain still in one place for defensive reasons - it's hard for an enemy to spot them. You may have trouble spotting him because he can make himself look so much like the live rock.

    Nancy
     
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    hehe

    ive got to come up with a name,
    my sis
    im 20 , she is 10
    sjhe wants to name him squidward
    adn I want to call him doc octavius lol


    anyways i just got home here at 8 p.m and I still cant find the little guy

    I JUST HOPE HE hasnt escaped or anything , there is no way for me to make my tank escape proof where the filter is, everywhere else is fien , but not there

    I did notice him eating a cojple hermit crabs and 2 nassarius snails , cause i saw him gliding on the glass and he had the shell under his legs

    but that was when i first got him

    so far no sign

    i hope he at least comes out a little tommorow
     
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    Why can't you make your tank escapeproof around your filter?

    Nancy
     
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    oh

    cause its a hang on emperor 400 filter
    there is no way to get all the crevices ect cover, wihtout it looking absolutionly junky

    I have two big pieces of glass covering the top utnil it gets to the filter and the reason i have glass insstead of say perhaps screen is so the water fromt he bubbles dont ruin my lights

    i mean its better to have it sealed and I REALIZE this

    but isnt this species the so called less prone to want to escape ?

    I found him by the way , he was right in front of me blended 100 percent into the rock

    here is a picture of him
     
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    Well, you can do a lot of things with some hot glue or duct tape, and a little bit of screening, (nylon, of course) to make it look "not junky"...better than worrying all of the time about an escaping octo!
    It might ruin your digestion, after all !!!! :D
     
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    is there a place u can buy a maybe 3 foot wide by 9 foot roll of some type of screen then ?


    imean i dont want to go buy a screen door and just use the screen haha

    I would do this if I coudl find the screen somwhere

    the two glass pieces i have on the tank , cover all but the back 4 inches of the aquarium , so i can screen that in , , and then I only have the filter part to worry about

    and when i get my overflows and my sjmp set up

    i am some how going to have to come up with somethign to glue or something on my glass overflows to keep the octo out of the overflows
    when i bought my tank , it came with the overflows, but not teeth

    maybe i coudl use screen on it to or something
     
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    Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, etc all sell nylon screening by the roll...it will probably set you back about 4 or 5 dollars...you can attach it to the glass or plastic with duct tape, or hot glue...don't use silicone, as your tank has already got an occupant, and the outgassing is toxic!!!
    good luck on your mission, if you choose to accept it...this message will self destruct in 5 minutes...
     
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    ok

    ok , i have a ace hardware real close
    Ill go and ask about it tommorow and get hot glue , or soemthing

    I think I can get it to where it will work really well

    I could even do this to my overflows


    im worried about him gettin gout tonight though

    , hopefully he wont , he hasnt moved very much today

    did u see the picture that I posted of him

    I hope he grows fast, cause in this 240 , its hard to spot him , even when he is out
     
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    it was a very nice picture...and you were right in stating that bimacs aren't too prone to venturing out above water (perhaps due to the habitat...more gulls than a convention there), but to be safe, I would recommend fastening some nylon screen to the exposed areas...
    good luck !!!! I am sure it will work out just fine...
    greg
     
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    Yes, bimacs are less prone to escape. However, another case of a bimac escaping and perishing was reported to me this week. That makes four that I know of.

    Be creative and you'll find lots of ways to cover your spaces. I used netting and ductape and kept a roll of fresh ductape right by the tank so I could easily replace any piece that was getting damp. I put some fresh pieces on every night. You can't use the ductape underwater or where it gets wet, but you usually can find a workaround.

    Nancy
     

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