Need some help..Hitchhiking baby octo from Morehead, NC

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@eng50 I think you figured it out but just to confirm. TONMO does not have hosting capabilities (and, IMO, that is a good thing because there are too many formats and too much horsepower needed to host them). To have a video display it needs to be hosted on one of most any of the popular video hosting sites and then past the URL link into your post (not the embed code many offer).
 

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I put an emergency call into sara at Sachs and hopefully she will ship me something in the am… I am going Briareus just on location and pictures but who knows..just like a child, if it lives and its healthy we will be glad with whatever we got!

Bill

Ill let you know how the next couple days go, I don't have high hopes, but I am gonna try my best..
 

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It is unlikely Sara and Paul will let you down as they are probably the most reliable sources for live food on the internet. If you have Cyclop-eeze (you won't likely find any frozen this year, the cubes that Drs Foster and Smith have are not the same as the original frozen - I think they are rehydrated dehydrated. I bought a bunch of the cubes and was disappointed) or any tiny meaty dry food that you can mix with water you can try squirting it in a shell den (twice a day, three times if you can manage) until you get some shrimp (you might continue this even when you see it eating the shrimp). My mercs were mostly raised on the Cyclop-eeze but the briareus more on shrimp (but still adding Cyclop-eeze nightly to the tank). If you have frozen mysis around, that may work as well. This is definitely a very, very young animal. The briareus photo with the vulgaris is a 3 day old and yours does not look a whole lot larger.

Stocking/panty hose material would work for a top but I would not use it for a full netting as water will not pass through enough to keep it clean. I don't believe the briareus escaped through the net and think that they went over the top. However, I can't be sure (also, there may have been holes in the netting where prior usage enlarged the net where the suction cups attached in the past. Holes they WILL find). The smaller merc hatchlings stayed in the breeder nets (except Wiley, one that escaped multiple times and grew up in the aquarium) until they were 5 months old so I am basing my escape thoughts on this difference.
 

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So far so good we are still alive!

Sara and Paul Sachs are the best! I can't say enough good things about them and hope others use them for food sourcing. I specially requested tiny food and got tiny fiddlers, tiny shore shrimp, and myasis the very next day. Please consider them when you need something!!

I think my little micro has grown a touch and hope we continue on this path..

I still have not changed the environment from a bottle and given it a shell yet as I really want to assure it is eating and growing..maybe soon..

Bill
 

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Please consider the shell even if it is in the bottle. As much as you want to see it, it needs to be able to hide and stress can kill them.
 

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My concern with the shell in the bottle is that he will be constantly rolling around on water exchanges every couple hours..If you thin its still better Ill put one in asap!
 

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And if so, do I go big with room to grow, or just about the right size???
 

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I am most worried about stress and not being able to hide. It is their nature to stay hidden most of (if not all) the time until somewhere between 4 and 5 months. My guess is this is either approaching sexual maturity or the size where they become predator vs prey. The den needs to provide a hiding place and complete darkness. Something that spirals inward might be best (like a snail or small conch shell). This will give a varied amount of room, allow you to place food where it will slide toward the animal and give it security. I used shells for the mercs but the ever escaping briareus seemed to prefer the live rock. Without a choice, however, the shell should be accepted.
 

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I put a snail shell in late last night and it was in it this am. What I found interesting was its preference to be on the side of the bottle to watch the surroundings vs the nubs at the bottom of the bottle. I have a 5x5 net cage I may try if I can formulate some sort of top that way I don't have to disturb it that much to feed/ change water etc..
 

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Most of mine (not necessarily hatchlings) have housed up off the bottom (with two exceptions - Shiitake being one of them) but often cling to the LR or wall. At least two would cling upside down and peer upward in natural openings.

How often an how much is it eating?
 

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