[Octopus]: Introducing Gaius.

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    My best friend/one time roommate and I once kept a male O. briareus named Caligula. I have once again acquired an octopus. In honor of Caligula, this latest addition shall be named Gaius. I'm fairly confident it's a male, since it curls its third tentacle when moving around. This is visible in the second link.

    I went through the hassle of two failed attempts on the part of liveaquaria to send me an octopus. The first time, they sent me AN EMPTY BAG. The second time, they delayed shipping. I gave up. I told my LFS about the ordeal and much to my surprise, the proprietor told me I was in luck. He had a small animal recently, supplied by the wholesaler 'Sea Dwelling Creatures'. It had escaped its enclosure and gone missing. Several weeks later, the LFS received a call from a customer who had recently purchased live rock from them. He informed them that he had found a hitchhiking octopus in the rock! Somehow he managed to capture it and was planning to return it to the LFS. This phone call came the day before I paid my visit. Steve (the proprietor) informed me the animal would be back in his possession today and it was mine if I wanted it. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to acquire an octo without the hassle of shipping during wintertime (if you can call 60 degrees in january in DC *wintertime*). I went ahead and grabbed him.

    He's in acclimation right now. I'll post more pics and vids as I get them. For now, here are a few youtube videos I've put up of him in the bag and in acclimation. @DWhatley @Neogonodactylus Any input is greatly appreciated.







    The tank he'll be going into is a 40 gallon cube. It is ~1.5 years old and previously housed a reef. The reef inhabitants were relocated into my 120. The tank is skimmed and is chemically stable. I do ~5 gallon water changes regularly.

    FWIW my briareus lived for over 13 months (in captivity) and reached over 4' legspan.
     
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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Welcome to TONMO and congratulations on your hitchhiker find!
     
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    Thank you. He already accepted and voraciously ate a ghost shrimp while still in acclimation!
     
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    Hi and welcome to you and Gaius (over the years, a number of our octopuses have had Roman names!).
    It was fortunate that you were there and ready to provide a good home for Gaius.

    Nancy
     
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    Serendipitous octos are always so much fun! I am in the process of upgrading my aging PC so will be down for a little (hopefully) bit tonight and will relook at the videos later but I am not feeling confident with a guess after a first review. Do you know where (as in body of water) it originated? I looks like a dwarf but not O. mercatoris or O. joubini, definitely not O. briareus.
     
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    All they could tell me for locale of collection was pacific ocean. Beyond that I have no clue. I'm certainly very hopeful for A. aculeatus.
     
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    Thank you.

    Apparently I hadn't octopus-proofed the tank as much as i had thought.This guy is SERIOUSLY small. The overflow slits are 1/16-1/8" wide. shortly after he went into the tank, he went RIGHT INTO the filtration. Ugh. It was definitely a chore to get him out of there and seal it up.

    I did successfully relocate him back into the tank and seal off the overflows (it's a nuvo fusion 40 all-in-one style tank) after a while, and beefed up the seal on the lid. Unfortunately now I'm solely reliant on a small koralia nano for flow, and the tank's existing biological filtration (~3" sand bed, copious rock, chaeto and caulerpa). The skimmer is out of the equation now. Hopefully he'll grow quickly and I can re-convert the tank back to it's normal state.

    On the upside though, he appears to have caught himself a hermit crab. Definitely seems like a hardy little bugger.
     
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    Have a look at Octavia and Victor and Poni. We (and at least one lab) have seen several O. bocki lately. I have never seen one in person but their eyes are a bit distinct in many of the photos, kind of like dune buggy tires :grin:

    Sorry for the late return, things did not go as planned and at this point I am glad to have my system back in the old working order. Off to locate a PCI board :concern:
     
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    You may want to try to place some VERY course sponge behind the overflow openings. This is similar to what I have used (I think mine came from some kind of AC filter). You will have to clean it and make sure it does not get blocked but the rough texture will help keep curious arms at bay while still giving you flow.
     
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    I've seen that mentioned several times. Are you referring to the ocular stalk or the actual pupil? I'm afraid the reference is lost on me.
     
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    The stalk, particularly the fleshy part surrounding the eyes seem to be very round and thick.
     
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    Ok I see what you mean. Yeah the ocular stalk is noticeably protrusive.
     
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    Kind of like this :grin: octoBockiDunebuggyTire.jpg
     
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    @DWhatley


    I really need to stop pestering him, lol
     
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    @DWhatley I took your advice with the gutter foam. Took a long break from work today and did some fortifications and a water change. It sure ain't pretty, but it's more secure. I even put foam over the return pump outputs just in case.

     
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    Just be very careful that you are not blocking anything. I use something similar (again, this is not exactly what I have used but noticed it for when I need more in the future) and had to play with it a bit to allow enough water flow. You may want to cut extra to fit so you can have a clean sponge ready and clean the used one at your leisure.
     
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    Ok. seems like smooth sailing at the moment. I've got plenty of extra left over.
     
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    Pretty amazing!
     
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    Welcome. Very nice job. Looking forward to watching this octo grow.
     

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