My New Octo and ? On ID

Domboski

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#1
Hi all,

I haven't had an Octo in quite some time after my Vulgaris died after 4 months :sad:

I finally decided to get another when someone I know had the fortune of getting one in stock. I thought it was Vulgaris but I have seen this one change colors and texture in a way I never noticed with my other. I don't take the best pictures but here are two. Most of the time this Octo has a white stripe down the middle of his head. Actually, the color and texture in the pictures is quite rare for this Octo but the only good pictures (clear) that I could take.





I have had this one for three weeks.

Thanks!
 

simple

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#2
It sort of looks like mine (Abdopus Aculeatus) and i have seen mine with the white stripe, though she doesn't do it too often. Do you know were it originated from?
 

shipposhack

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Looks like a juvenile A. Aculeatus. They have long arms compared to their body size and little webbing. Papillae are typically seen and make the octopus appear to have a rough texture. Have you noticed that on yours at all? He looks very smooth in the pictures. I feel sorry for that poor cardinal :).
 

Domboski

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shipposhack;105836 said:
Looks like a juvenile A. Aculeatus. They have long arms compared to their body size and little webbing. Papillae are typically seen and make the octopus appear to have a rough texture. Have you noticed that on yours at all? He looks very smooth in the pictures. I feel sorry for that poor cardinal :).
LOL. There was 3 cardinals....Now two hmmm.

Here are some better pictures. the Octo is out in the morning and in the afternoon with the lights on. What an appetite! The Octo is eating a fiddler while I am taking the pictures.









 

Nancy

Titanites
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#8
I was just adding your octopus to the List of Our Octopuses (at the top of Journals and Photos) - does it have a name yet? And where did you get it - at a local fish store?

Thanks,
Nancy
 

Domboski

O. vulgaris
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#9
Hi Nancy,

I haven't officially named him/her yet but I have referred to him/her as "glove" because he/she catches fiddlers out of the water column when I drop them in like a baseball player catching a flyball. Pretty funny.

I got her from an LFS that doesn't usually carry Cephs but gets them on occasion (NYAQUATIC). They specialize in Fish not Cephs.
 

Domboski

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shipposhack;105853 said:
I think we would all like to go somewhere that specializes in cephs. One of my first questions would be, "How do you stay in business?" :-D
I understand that but I have good reasons for posting that but didn't want to go into details or create a bad perception of a great company. I didn't want people trying to get Octo's from them that's all. Not unless you can see them in person.
 

shipposhack

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I didn't mean anything negative. There just aren't enough people that are willing to sacrifice what they have to in order to keep cephs. I don't think a specialty store could make much money unless the owner had something else on the side that was bringing in cash.
 

DWhatley

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#13
Keep us updated on how he does with your Hydor "power head". I love those things but was going to remove the two in the 140 when we convert it, however, if you don't lose any arm tips, I may be tempted to leave it in as they do a wonderful job moving the water.
 

Bimac Attack

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Very nice.

I also have an aculeatus that I received a couple of months ago. I love the nature of this octo. Though I can't get him to feed on any fish only crustaceans. No big deal though he seems at home with his crab delights.:smile: Keep us posted . I would love to see how similarly they behave. And get more info on the husbandry of the sp. Mine seems quite content for the moment but I am always ready to give him a little more .
 

Domboski

O. vulgaris
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#19
I love this Octo. I've had Vulgaris, Red Octo and Blue Ring (long time ago on the blue). This one is by far my favorite. I actually have two now. One I got from a Distributor with only 3 legs!!!! It now has 5 little ones growing in. The 3 legger is a little more challenging as I have to stick feed him live crabs by putting the stick into the back of the crabs which almost kills the crab. This keeps it alive enough to make the 3 legger feel like he caught it but disabled enough that it can not hurt the Octo. I'm hoping the legs grow back quickly.

I noticed the two of them interacting (yes they are in the same tank). It looked liked the smaller one (3 legs) stretched a tentacle out and was feeling around the larger Octos head as if it was attempting to mate. This only went on for about 30 secs before the larger one took off. The tentacle never made it underneath the larger one.

These Octos are much more active during the day and seem to have quite the personality. I have several fish in the tank with them (nothing harmful) and the only victim was a super small convict tang I had. Other than that, I have had 0 luck feeding the Octos anything but Crabs and live shrimp. I think the larger one ate my flame scallop though but I did not witness it personally. I had the flame for almost two years before I added the Octo so I put 2 and 2 together. So far everything has been great and we are quickly approaching two months if not already.

Something else I found interesting about this species is I have never seen them trying to get out. I'm not sure if it is because my tank has several dens and they have been happy with their choices or if this species is not one of the aggressive escape artists. Maybe someone could shed some more light on that?

I read a report on these species that was linked to this website that gave me good insights on how to set up the tank for them.
 

Animal Mother

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#20
If you do see them mating one will have its hectocotylus inside the others mantle. Sounds like that might have been either possibly mating or just simply searching out the enviroment, but this is also how octos kill each other. They strangle each other by wrapping their arms around the other ones head squeezing until it's lifeless. Hope it works out for you though. Would make for interesting discussion.
 

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