[Octopus]: Mama Cass - O.briareus (tank hatched)

Discussion in 'Cephalopod Journals' started by DWhatley, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,078
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    May 28, 2010 - May 29, 2011

    No pictures of Cassy yet and I don't expect any soon as she has not ventured out into the daylight. I have seen her during the day for the last week on the back wall in a dark spot behind the live rock but she appears to be sleeping and does not respond to finger waving. I think her eyesight is worse than Tatankas though so it may be she just does not see me.

    For the last two nights she has come to the edge of the rockwork and stayed there when I put my hand in the tank and make enough wave action that she can detect my hand. At the beginning of the interaction she turns white, swells up and turns her eyes very dark, looking much like an owl. Next she will try to find my hand with her arm and when she makes contact she withdraws it like she touched something hot. However, she does NOT retreat. She adjusts her color to a non threatening dark and will let me pet her between and behind the eyes and ducks down into the rock after a minute or two but then comes right back for more. When she has had enough (about 20 minutes for the last two nights) she slowly slips down into the live rock.

    Her first 4.5 months are journaled in the Raising Octopus from Eggs subforum - Kooah's Hatchlings - O.briearus
     
  2. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2009
    Messages:
    1,375
    Likes Received:
    2
    Sounds like you two are making great progress. I cannot wait to see her, I bet she has really grown.
     
  3. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,078
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    She is considerably larger than when you saw her but still pretty small for a briareus (much longer than Monty but roughly the same sized mantle).

    Of course now that I reported she is starting to accept my touch, she wanted nothing to do with me last night. I saw her sitting at the front of the LR so I pulled up my stool, opened the top and she promptly (well slowly but steadily) slipped to the back of the tank and did not reappear all night. :hmm:
     
  4. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,078
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    Cassy has been accepting food off and on for the last two weeks during tank feeding time (around 6:30 PM) but has never come out into the open. Tonight she must have been hungry. She definitely seemed interested in the camera. Unfortunately, she stayed very low in the tank and the camera picked up more dirt and scratches than octopus but I am posting a couple anyway just because I am glad to finaly have had the opportunity to take them :smile:

     

    Attached Files:

  5. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2009
    Messages:
    1,375
    Likes Received:
    2
    Looks looks like someone has grown :grin: Must be very rewarding to finally be able to photograph her. She looks great.
     
  6. SabrinaR

    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,462
    Likes Received:
    7
    Thats wonderful... I cant imagine how excited/proud you must feel. She looks great.
     
  7. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,078
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    Their arms are long and thick but I can't tell much about how healthy they are (other than they eat well) since I really don't "see" them in anything but red light. So far their coloring is splotchier than the adults I've kept but I don't know if this is normal or not. Their eyesight it very bad (Tatanka's seems to be slightly better than Cassy's). It seems like it may be improving somewhat in the last week since they have both put their arms to the front glass in response to hand movements.
     
  8. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,078
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    Cassy Showing Passing Cloud

    Cassy was poking her head out of the LR again tonight before lights out (about 8:00 PM). We thawed a frozen fiddlers (live ones expected tomorrow) to reward her for coming out but by the time the food was ready she had gone back into the LR. Fortunately, we watched and scratched on the rocks for a few minutes and she gave us a light show.
     
  9. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,078
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    Found the Ceph answer photo ‚Äč
     

    Attached Files:

  10. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2009
    Messages:
    1,375
    Likes Received:
    2
    Cassie reminded me of a bat in that video, very cool.
     
  11. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,078
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
  12. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,078
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    Cassy sampled some seafood market scalllop (but left most to the worms) and at a freshly cracked mussle tonight. At about 11:00 PM she was fully on the front glass, another first. I put my hand in and she touched it but was not overjoyed at its taste and left the glass. She took a second opportunity to explore but then went back into the LR. Odd night for the octos as all three were out an about at the same time. I hope that does not mean some kind of impending natural disaster.
     
  13. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,078
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    Cassy is still more reclusive than Tatanka (neither are out in the light often) but tonight I was able to coax her out on to the glass for just a few minutes and without a food offering and with one of the other tank lights on. There was not enough light to try to take pictures but at least she did not ink at me today like the other two.
     
  14. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,078
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    Cassy is getting bolder. She came to the wall for a crab during early feeding (lights on) after accepting and only partially eating a piece of scallop (that I suspect is fish). She let me take pictures in the process and is the only one that does not seem to be camera shy (perhaps her poorer eyesight is partially responsible). Cassy seems to still be slightly larger than Tank and shows a lot more webbing.
     

    Attached Files:

  15. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,078
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    Cassy is just really showing leaps forward toward understanding the tank environment and accepting humans (as least where food is concerned). She was out on the wall waiting for us around 6:00 (another first) and started pacing when I entered the room. :grin: I called Neal up to feed her (standing joke that starts out with a call from one of us to the other, "someone is looking for you") The stills are very grainy but otherwise came out well.
     

    Attached Files:

  16. bikeguy33

    bikeguy33 Cuttlefish Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2010
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
    she is absolutely gorgeous....
     
  17. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2002
    Messages:
    5,584
    Likes Received:
    71
    Location:
    Dallas Texas
    Very good videos of your beautiful briareus. To me, they are the most graceful of the octopuses.
    What are the corals in your tank? What are those orange disks? The color is beautiful - I need some of those!

    Nancy
     
  18. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2009
    Messages:
    1,375
    Likes Received:
    2
    D she is growing to be such a charmer. I could watch her move across the glass all day :grin: Her coloring in the first video reminds me of Ollie. I miss him. I'd love to have another O. briareus one day, they are so beautiful.
     
  19. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    19,078
    Likes Received:
    1,123
    Location:
    Gainesville, GA USA
    It is still very hard to tell what kind of personality Cassy will have. At times, I think she is going to become an aggressive animal but that may be more her shyness than any real aggressive traits. However, I never feel like Tatanka might become aggressive. Perhaps it is because Cassy is quite dark most of the time where Tank wears much lighter coloration.

    The common name for the orange/brown zoes is Sun polyp (not to be confused with the hard coral with the same common name). I have found these to do well in octo tanks. They transplant and adhear quickly, have an undetectble sting, don't multiply wildly and are attractive. I have some that are probably 10 years old or more (inherited) and some (the ones you see in the video and pictures) that are only a couple of years old. The oldest ones have disks a good 3" across where the ones you see are only about 1.5 inches in diameter. The amount of white striping varies on their position in the water column and light exposure. Kara (www.sealifeinc.net) finds them from time to time (the newer ones are from her) but they are not currently listed as in stock.
     
  20. corpusse

    corpusse Vampyroteuthis Registered

    Joined:
    May 30, 2009
    Messages:
    456
    Likes Received:
    3
    Never heard them called sun polyps. I always refer to them as Palythoa grandis. Very nice none the less.

    Judging by the rough estimate of your fiddler crab sizes your guy is MUCH bigger then mine. Maybe close to twice the size. Hopefully when he grows to this size he will be equally as bold.
     

Share This Page