[News]: 300 octopuses stretch 2400 tiny arms in Dana Point - Los Angeles Times

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  1. octobot

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    [SIZE=-2]Los Angeles Times[/SIZE]

    300 octopuses stretch 2400 tiny arms in Dana Point
    [SIZE=-1]Los Angeles Times, CA - 1 hour ago[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=-1]Octopus hatchlings float in a tank at Dana Point’s Ocean Institute. There are about 300 of the baby two-spot octopuses, now the size of a grain of rice. ...[/SIZE]


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  2. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    This is the aquarium where we found the longest-lived bimac, well over two years. And they've had several that have lived that long, in near-perfect conditions.

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    It would be nice if those conditions could be duplicated in the home aquarium.
     
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    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    I have a bimac that is two and a half years old and still going strong. The trick is not to over feed.

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    sedna Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter Registered

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    Are these small egged babies? Where is the Dana Point Ocean Institute? I know how hopeless it is, but after my experience with the aculeatus eggs, I'm really interested in how the experts do this, mostly for the sake of interest.
     
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    Sedna, there are two bimac species (Octopus bimaculatus, Octopus bimaculoides). One is a large egged and the other a small egged species. The literature has it that they are almost indistinguishable as adults. There has been a fair amount of success raising the large egged young (If I remember correctly, Zyan Silver had 100 to survive over a month and at least 50 of those long enough to find aquarium homes). Since the Dana Point Ocean Institute expects to raise them, I suspect they are the large egged species.

    Roy, you have mentioned not overfeeding in the past but could you give more detail. Are you referring to frequency (twice a week vs daily) or quantity? Also, does this apply to the young or only after they are 6 months or more old?
     
  7. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    I phoned there a few years ago to verify that their octopuses had really lived two years. They keep an O. bimaculoides which they caught themselves. They have had more than one live over two years.

    The eyespots on O. bimauloides and O. bimaculatus are slightly different.

    Nancy
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Nancy, you (we?) failed to mention that it is the O. bimaculoides that is the large egged species :grin:
     
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    The Ocean Institute is in southern California.

    http://www.ocean-institute.org/
     

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