Mimius five month anniversary/tank stand

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  1. Detritus

    Detritus O. bimaculoides Registered

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    Well, I apologise for the absence but with the house move and a few family emergencies, I was unable to take the time to post much lately. Mimius's new tank stand is finished. The lighting hood will be made as the new tank cycles. Included is a picture of Mimius with eyes above the water directing the construction of his stand...
     

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    Detritus O. bimaculoides Registered

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    A couple of more shots of Mimius.
     

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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Glad to see that Minimus is doing so well. Happy fifth anniversary! He's looking good - what are you feeding him?
    I'm sure he's looking forward to the new tank.

    Nancy
     
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    Detritus O. bimaculoides Registered

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    Hi Nancy, Mimius prefers lobster which is his/her staple food. In addition it also gets frozen blue crab meat and shrimp. Fiddler crabs are hard to come by this time of year in the pet stores, however, Mimius also likes to hunt and eat the large turbo snails. I always have several in the tank and restock when the LFS has sales on snails. Mimius is now hidden alot and has taken every rock it can move to build an incredible den. It is still taking food but I suspect maybe infertile eggs may be in the den. Mimius spends alot of time in the den now blowing sand out and cleaning. Rarely comes out over the past several days. I guess we'll see...
     
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    Nice food choices Mimius! She seems to spend a lot of time near the top of the water - planning her escape?
     
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    Castor Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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    Beautiful work on thestand, I feel a little envious (sp?), and Mimius looks fantastic! I can't wait to see the completed tank.

    Felix
     
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    Detritus O. bimaculoides Registered

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    Thank you for the compliment. The whole idea was to downsize from my original 180 gallon reef to something simpler and smaller. I will have the tank on the stand in the next couple of days and am awaiting a new R/O membrane (2 months and counting!) to begin filling. The sump will be behind the wall in the "furnace room" where I have already installed all needed stuff such as sink, water, electricity, GFCI etc. After such a long time and so much planning, I can't wait to get Mimius's new quarters up and running. Should be cool...90 gallon cube shaped tank etc.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Do you think that Minimus is building a den to lay eggs?

    Nancy
     
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    Detritus O. bimaculoides Registered

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    I think so Nancy. Mimius if O. aculateus, then is adult size i.e., armspan over three feet. Behaviour is uncharacteristic the last week to ten days. Mimius used to be out in the open almost all the time. Now she(?) stays in the den and cleans the interior constantly. I've also noted using funnel to propel fresh water through the den - maybe aerating eggs? In any case she/he still eats but with less enthusiasm and does not leave the den. The arms come out crawling and searching, however, the head and mantle stays hidden. It will take at least 6 weeks to get the new tank up and cycled si I have time to observe Mimius's behaviour without having to worry about disturbing the den and perhaps destroying a clutch of eggs. Unfortunately, I can't see the interior of the den and have no way of knowing if there are eggs or not. Have to wait and see.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    It would be a bit sad if Minimus did lay eggs and never got to move to the new tank. It wouldn't be the first time this has happened to a TONMO.com member. Perhaps she would live some after the eggs hatched (or were infertile and she grew tired of eggs) and could enjoy the new tank.

    And, it's always there for Minimus II.

    Nancy
     
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    Detritus O. bimaculoides Registered

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    Agreed Nancy, however, thats the risk we take when we get one of these amazing creatures. Mimius has been with me for almost six months now and was pretty large when I got her/him. In any case the new tank will be set up regardless even if its only to house a few soft corals and someplace to start stocking up various crabs and snails for the next octopus. From what I can understand though, even if Mimius did lay eggs, I hope I can expect it to survive another month or so. I don't know how long the eggs for aculateus take to hatch.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Egg hatching depends on temperature - somewhere around 4 to 6 weeks. Minimus could live some weeks afterwards, too, especially if she keeps eating. I guess that might vary by species, but some of our bimacs continued eating.

    Nancy
     
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    Any update?
     
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    No unfortunately, no changes yet. Mimius refuses all food and will not leave her den. The new tank/stand/hood is finished and I am filling it with R/O water. But as things look, I don't think I will transfer Mimius when the time comes as I don't want to disturb her. A few pics of the hood. Its pc lights with actinics and moonlight and is hinged to allow the front or back to fold up and over.
     

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    Very nice!!! Nothing like a new tank!! :)
     
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    Thanks, I can't wait for the water, sand and live rock to be in so it can start to cycle. I will post more pics once the tank is functional and I can explain the octopus proof lid and overflow arrangement.

    Ian
     
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    Those little bits of creative design and DIY are, for me at least, one of the most enjoyable parts of the hobby. Now that my automatic top-off is finished I'm considering a noise cancellation system involving a microphone and a speaker attached to a circuit board.

    Dan
     
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    Detritus O. bimaculoides Registered

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    Sounds hi tech Dan. Maybe try just a microphone so we can listen to the noise in the water of the tank. I bet with all the pumps etc., its pretty noisy compared to the ocean!
     
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    Detritus the tank looks really good, and looks really well made too. I'd interested in a better look at your octoproofing too. :grin:

    Dan do you have a link to that noise cancellation circuit? That would be a great idea for my new chiller.
     
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    It would be of my own design, so no, no link :)

    If you do a google for noise cancellation circuit you can find wiring diagrams for a headset, but mine would probably be a lot simpler.

    Noise cancellation doesn't work in most environments. It seems to work best when you're trying to protect a single point (as in an earphone) or trying to silence a single point. What I'm worried about is dispersion inside, outside the sump and the stand.

    Dan
     

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