I got my octo!

Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by Rockthis11, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. Rockthis11

    Rockthis11 Wonderpus Registered

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    I finally got my tank raised bimac from Fishsupply.com today, and i can easily say that this is the coolest creature i have ever seen! I really hope i do this right and it doesnt die. i am acclimating him as i type. i am adding half a cup of my tank water every 5 min. However, my LFS is closed today. Would it be alright if i didnt feed him today? Also, how long should i keep acclimating him like this? Until the bag is full?

    thanks in advanced

    i love my new octo :tentacle:
     
  2. Melissa

    Melissa Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Good luck with your octo! I read in another thread that not feeding the first day is normal, but perhaps you should use the search function to read that thread for yourself. Nancy, or someone else, wrote about going not to the LFS but to the fishmarket for octo food.

    I look forward to hearing more about your unnamed octo!

    Melissa
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    HOW CUTE!!!! Congrats!!!!

    How is he doing?

    Carol
     
  4. Rockthis11

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    Im afraid i lost him. I saw him sneaking around the back of the tank and once our eyes met he got scared and crwaled back deeper. I will attempt to feed him tomarow. Im hoping to find i small fidler or hermit crab tomarow at my LFS. I have the kept the lights off ever since acclimating him is it ok if i turn them on now?
     
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    im so happy now :D my new octo ate. I put a piece of frozen (thawed shrimp on a straw and put it near my octos den and he grabed it :) . After that, we played tug of war. I had no idea he would be THAT strong. I always knew they were strong but i never experienced it first hand. I love my little octo :octopus: ( i hope i dont kill it)
     
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    oh my bad it was thawed "fish" i ate him
     
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    I am really bad at this. I mean it was thawed fish i gave him
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Rockthis,

    What a fine little octopus! Good pic, too.

    You might try a few ghost shrimp. They are freshwater,so won't live too long in saltwater, but they aren't too difficult for a small octopus to catch.
    Maybe he could eat small hermit crabs, too. And little pieces of fresh scallop.

    You may have to visit both the LFS and the fishmarket!

    Keep us posted,

    Nancy
     
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    Nice octo! I don't get mine till Saturday.
     
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    oh not at all :) . I live in california
     
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    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Hi RT

    glad to see that everything is okay so far...

    I would like to point out something that often happens before it pops up, now, it might not, but just in case and that is that once an octo settles into a new tank it maybe has a day or two of exploring, then it seems to dissapear... dont think the worst!!!!

    the thing is that its just a baby and it has to hide as in the wild it is just a bite sized snack for a predator so if you dont see it for a day or two dont start pulling out rocks to see if its okay... it will be!!!

    nice pic too... what size is the octo?
     
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    congrats RT!
    The octo looks very cool! Keep us posted on how it is doing, i´ll get mine sometime after december and maybe can learn some stuff from you :D
     
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    Very cute little octo, I think you have one of Jam's siblings :D
     
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    Congratulations mate!!

    He/She looks a little cracker!!
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Rockthis, do you mean you live in Orange County, or is there a city called Orange that's not on my map? I'm thinking that you may live near the coast and can collect good food for your octo. Also, the ocean off southern California is home to bimacs.

    (By the way, it would be nice if all of you would indicate where you live in your profile. It sometimes helps us in answering questions, or we may be able to refer you to someone in your area.)

    Nancy
     
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    nancy i'm sure it's orange county lol.
    rockthis, congrat's again on your new friend. :)
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Any update today?? How is he??? More pictures???

    Maybe it is a relative of all the other bimacs!

    Carol
     
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    unlikely but I suppose that they might share some genetic's if they are intertwined species. :)
     
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    Hi everyone,

    He is still in the cave he was in all day yesterday and all night last night. He seems to be ok though. today i am going to go to my LFS and try some live food and see if he comes out.

    Yes, i do live in orange county, but i also live in the city of orange. Strange yet cool.

    The octo's mantle is about 3/4 inch. Im not sure what his armspan is.

    thanks for the replies everyone.
     
  20. o.vulgaris

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    a fishmarket might have more selective choices of food, I only go to these places for fish food, not LFS where all they sell is that frozen junk they call "fish food". :roll:
     

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