I have TWO Bimacs!!!

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I just found out that the baby I was told was a dwarf is really a Bimaculoides! I kept looking at my cephalopod books and couldn't find a dwarf that looked like this little guy, so I pestered the aquarium store to call their supplier to get a species name so I could better take care of it. The guy said he was sorry, and that he ordered a dwarf and the supplier, called Quality Marine, sent a bimac. I thought he looked suspiciously like my bimac from Fish Supply in my 75 gallon. Well, there's no possible way I can take on the expense of another big tank AND another air conditioner to cool it....I'm trying to think of what to do. The store said they would take him back. I just hate that it happened because I'm afraid the little thing will die because it'll end up with someone who won't know how to take care of it. Maybe I could insist that the pet store include a page of information about the care needed, which I could type up, along with the TONMO website address in case they need info. At least this way the person buying him will have some information. I'm getting the temp down in that 12 gallon now so he's more comfy - it's been a few degrees too high because I didn't know I had a bimac.
I wish I could keep him. The bad thing is, there are great deals on used tanks, but you can't take that risk with an octopus.
 

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Oh...that is too bad...I am sorry! Are there any TONMO members in your area that could step up to the plate on this one???
I hope everything goes well!
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I think I'll take him back on Thursday, with a sheet of information so that at least this little guy will have a chance. Hopefully the buyer will have the necessary equipment and desire to take care of him.
 

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I guess that is about the best thing you could do...I was hoping there was another member nearby that could buy it from you! I work closely with the animal groups I am associated with, and it is always nice to be able to help someone out, or pick up the phone and yell "Help!".
Good luck!
Greg
 

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Is it possible to divide a 75 gallon tank safely enough to keep two bimacs in the same tank? Maybe with a non-transparent plastic so they wouldn't see each other.
 

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I am not totally sure, but it seems to me that they would be stressed out trying to stake territories in a 75...anyone have any experience in this????
 

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I just don't think 35 gallons each is enough room for them, and they're too smart. THEY'D KNOW. You've all had octos- you know how smart they are. Heck, it makes me nervous having two in the same house- I figure sooner or later- THEY'D KNOW about each other and there would be some night time traveling going on in order to go kick some octo butt-ha!
I'm mad at the pet store and also the supplier. Planet Pet says they were told it was a dwarf and when I made them call today to get a species name, found out it was a bimac. I took this "dwarf" home on Wednesday and put him in my 12 gallon, then ordered a bimac from Fish Supply the very next morning, never knowing I already HAD a bimac in the next room! It's irresponsible for these companies to be so bad about information on WHAT octopus it is selling. The invoice the pet store had read "Aquaculture" - that's great. A big help. The whole thing makes me sad. I can see no way to keep it and take care of it, and believe me, I've been brainstorming all day:-(
 

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I've certainly heard that species mixups are extremely common. I suppose you should be grateful he's not a blue-ring! :shock:

Are you close to any Tonmo members who'd be looking for an octo? I could take him in, as could (I presume) some others? I'm in central Illinois, myself, but could just as easily be considered to be in Chicagoland as I spend a great deal of time up there. Also, I hate to just casually suggest it, but...have you considered shipping? I know it's probably not the easiest solution for someone who's not a supplier...I suppose if it's to difficult to do right (gotta have an insulated box with either a heat or coldpack, not sure which, and a WELL-sealed, strong ceph container) it'd be more a threat to the octo than returning him to the LFS...

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I'm so desperate for a good home for him that I'd gladly pay the Fedex overnight. I still have the small styrofoam container that my bimac from Fish Supply came in, and I could put a blue ice pack in there, with a couple of hermit crabs for a snack. I remember how Fish Supply had the bimac shipped- in about three plastic bags over each other tied tight with a decent amount of water- so I'd use 4! I wonder if anyone can get that special Fedex shipping for Live Animals, or if that's just for suppliers...if so, I could write "Live Fish -Handle With Care" all over it.
Trouble is, I'd have to wait to catch him, as he has made his den in a big piece of liverock and I have to wait for him to be out exploring or hunting- wouldn't be easy. All in the timing...
 

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I just want to find a good home for the little guy. This way, I don't have to feel bad about it and worry about him. Even though the mix-up isn't my fault, I would feel responsible if he went to someone who didn't know how to take care of him, which is what I'm afraid would happen if I took him back to the pet store. I know he'd have a good chance if one of you took him in. Does anyone have a decent size tank not being used right now? ...I imagine you all have octos in them already.
 

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