New with babies! Crazy right?

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  1. Shrimpy Brains

    Shrimpy Brains Cuttlefish Registered

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    Hello,

    My name is Amy and I am not new to saltwater, but definitely new to cephs.

    Wasn't sure where to post this, please move if needed.

    Anyway, by the luck of where I live, I have recieved 4 baby O. Briareus from Dwhatley. :notworth: (I am sure you have seen her thread)

    I just heard of the oppurtunity last nite and after a very limited amount of research, :read: here is what I came up with.

    It may sound strange, but raising these guys, seems to be an experimental tasks, and you never know what might work.


    I took a 10g tank, added a sponge filter, a cheesy little freshwater carbon and floss filter(right corner in pic), a 3 inch airstone, and a small heater. I put netting over the output lines on both filters to keep the octo's from getting in there.

    Next I added a 1g round glass goldfish bowl with a small airstone.

    Then I stole some water from my 125g and topped it off with fresh saltwater. Added some lie rock and sand from my 20g and some chaeto(hopefully full of pods) from refugium. I split all this between both tanks.

    Then I hung a clamp light about 2-3 ft above the tanks and put a 25w red bulb in there!

    Pics to help explain.
     

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    Ok, tonite I picked the 4 cute little ones up from D. (she is very helpful and kind and has more tanks than I do. lol)

    Brought a styrofoam bait bucket with a battery powered bubbler. D mentoined styrofoam was a bad idea cuz they would be more difficult to remove. (I didn't think of that, newb :lol:)

    Well, she put them in anyway and after an hour or so of talking tanks, I took them home.
    They seem to have made the trip ok. Our parameters were pretty close, but I drip acclimatd them for about an hour, just to be safe. Then moved them with a turkey baster.

    I put 1 in the 1g tank and 3 in the 10g.

    I turned all the lights off(except the red one) in the hopes that they will settle in without too much stress.

    Now, I am posting this while I give them time to settle in, then I will try to feed them.

    I am going to try some frozen cyclopeeze and mysis soaked in vitamin enrichment and garlic.

    Anyway, pics before I put them in. My camera wont pick them up in the red light. I will try to get more pics in the am.
     

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    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Welcome! I've moved your thread to the "Raising Octopus from Eggs" forum -- it's both an introduction and an octopus care discussion, but more heavily weighted to the latter -- thanks for posting your pics!!
     
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    snowmaker Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Good luck Amy.
    Keep us posted. :smile:
     
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    lol For some reason I didn't notice that forum. Oops! Thank you for moving it!

    Thank you!

    Fed them a little last night and again this morning. If I can see them, I try to direct the food toward them with the pipette. Last night I am pretty sure I saw one grab a mysis. Other than that idk if they are eating. Hope so.

    Going to do a water change this morning. I figure the 10g actually has only about 5g in there. Going to do 1/2g w/c on it and about a cup or so on the 1g. Will do this once a day to start and adjust as needed with test results!
     
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    ayveq Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Hello Amy. I will be watching your thread close. I too and from ARC and should be getting a couple of the babies from D. Look forward to doing this!

    Susann
     
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    Fingers crossed! The pics are awesome, but don't compare to seeing them in person! They are sooo cute! I love them already and am hoping that at least one survives!

     
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    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    I am very excited for you. Welcome to the ceph obsession! I look forward to seeing your progress.
     
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    Hi Amy, congratulations and :welcome: to the wonderful world of octopus keeping.
    I can't wait to see and hear more. :grin:
     
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    Thanks! I'm just hoping there is some progress!

    Hey girl,

    I got all excited when I saw your post on D's thread. Happy to see you here. Also, saw your thread on El Diablo. What a great name for an awesome octopus!


    It took me awhile, but I managed to get about 30 or so pods out of my fuge today. Put most in the 10g and a few in the 1g. Hope they find and eat them! Saw one this morning when I fed them, but I think I scared it with the pipette. Haven't seen them since. I hope they will come out tonite.

    Also, I am expecting my Clownfish eggs to hatch tonite. I hate to do it, but I am gonna put the larva in for possible octo food! I am trying to decide whether to put a few in at a time, or put them all in there. I just don't want an ammonia spike if the clown babies star dieng.

    Also, I think I am going to go ahead and throw some rotifers in there. I don't think the octo's will eat them, but they might, and I will have to add them anyway to keep the clown babies fed.

    Any opinions or advice on any of this is welcome! Thanks, Amy
     
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    Tested parameters! 10g tank first

    Temp 78
    Ph 8.4
    Ammo. 0
    trite0
    trate 20 Is this ok? Plan to do a water change anyway, but trates are normally ok for fish, is it ok for octopus?

    1g
    PH 8.4
    ammo. 1.0
    Poop! stopped here as I was pretty sure what this meant!
    Gently pulled out tank and everything in it. Slowly looking at everything. Got to the bottom and sure enough, I lost one!
    Dang it! I guess the 1g was a bad idea.


    I hope the good test results in the other tank means the 3 are doing well!?
    Lights are out now, except the red one. I sure would like to see some movement soon! Then I can try to feed them again.
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    So sad that you lost one :sad:
    You saw poop? I never saw Ollie's poop during the many months I had him. Not until Diablo and hers is... well you can't miss it. It is a very brave undertaking trying to raise these little ones. I wish you much luck, keeping my :fingerscrossed: the remaining 3 make it. :smile:

    I got excited too when I found out you were getting Kooah's babies when only a few (several) months ago you didn't even know where an octoupses mouth was. I am not making fun really, just pointing out how far you've come. Just ask D, I am still learning and have a ways to go. Now I have 1 more friend to share the journey YEAH!
     
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    Linda, I think the "poop" in the above mentioned post was an exclamation with language tapered by recording in writing instead of an observation :wink:. I have taken to coloring the letters blue to ensure the verbal expletive is understood :sagrin:
     
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    It was late :tomato:...:oops:......:lol:
     
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    :welcome: Amy, and thanks for posting the detailed reports!
     
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    great improvised little situation youve got there. best of luck!!
     
  17. Shrimpy Brains

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    Linda; I just call it like I see it and that stick didn't look to be near the mouth! :shock: lol Live and learn.

    Yes, poop was an explitive. I got it now! :sly:

    Thanks to all of you who have taken an interest in this thread!

    I am still living in hope that the other 3 are hanging on. I still haven't seen them, but parameters are still testing well and when I found the one dead, it was just floating. I am hoping that hiding=alive.

    Anyway, the clown babies did not hatch last nite, but I am def. expecting them tonite. Thought I would add about 30 or so to the octo tank and raise the rest seperately. Then add as needed.

    I added some more pods from my fuge tonite. Hope they are eating them. It is not easy getting those little bugers out of there.

    If I see any octos tonite, I will try to get some mysis close to them with the pippette. Otherwise, I will just put a little in the tank.

    Did a 1/2 g water change today. I think that is about it for now.
     
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    Ok, this is day 4! :mad: I certainly think I should haveat least caught a glimpse of one of these little guys. So, I was staring at the tank.......again. Desperately, looking for those two little eyes...somewhere. I've been thinking that the only thing I am feeding are pods.
    Hmmm......so, where are the pods? I have certainly put at least a hundred of the little guys in there. With all the time I have spent staring at this tank, you would think I would have at least seen an amphipod running around somewhere. :confused:
    So, is there at least one Octopus in there that is eating them? Or am I clinging to a desperate hope? Wanting at least one to be alive so badly that I am fooling myself with false logic.

    Ammonia still holds at zero. So, I will continue to act as if I am feeding/raising something.

    So, in the area of feeding: I am still feeding frozen mysis and cyclopeeze soaked in vitamins and garlic twice a day. Only a very small amount since spot feeding is out of the question. I try to suck out any leftovers I see with a 1/2g waterchange.

    Clownfish eggs still haven't hatched. Maybe I am incorrect about the spawning day, but I was sure they would hatch Sunday night. I know I haven't spoken out loud about my intentions for the larva, so I don't know why they won't come out. The eggs have become the largest I have seen, if they don't hatch tonite, I think I can skip he rotifers and go straight to newly hatched baby brine as they will be thru metamorphysis (sp?)by then. :heee: Picture of eggs attached.

    Snails? I think I read on here that someone fed their octopus snails? I didn't know they might eat these. Correct me if I am wrong.
    Well, I always have lots of baby snails on the glass in my Seahorse tank. (pic attached)
    So, I scraped some off with my mag float, caught them in a net, and added them to the octo tank. Figured if they don't eat them, I could always use some clean up crew.

    Also, attached pic of tank with 1g removed. That's it for today! I will be staring at the tank for awhile now. Maybe I'll see something! :snorkel:
     

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    Dont be discouraged... Nancy, one of the staff here... at least I believe it was her... anyway she had a one day old octo she got from somewhere. She put it in a tank and after not seeing it for a long while believed it was dead... Well, around 4 months she looks in the tank and what does she see.... an octopus. And she didnt even feed the tank. It had survived that whole time on the stuff already in the tank. So have faith. You can do this... and it seems like youre doing a great job. The first one you lost was the learning curve, keep the faith.
     
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    :mrgreen:By the way, I am so super jealous right now you have no idea... I wish I was WAY closer to Atlanta
     

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