O. Briareus-round II

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  1. Lmecher

    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    My replacment octopus (from Tomscaribbean.com) arrived at 2:10 PM. The box was double the size and was insulated.
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    I removed some water and did some tests after I got him floating and put in air stone.
    temp-58F
    salinity-1.034
    ammonia-8
    Kh-107.4

    Just after opening the bag. He is missing a good portion of 3 arms, most visible in 2nd photo. Mantle is appx. 2"
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    As a bonus, Tom threw in 3 shrimp. They are rather large the biggest one is over 4 inches.
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    Floating in tank
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    He has moved up to the very top of the bag now so I really need to watch him closely.
    :fingerscrossed::fingerscrossed:
     
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    Big improvement in the shipping container! Keeping my fingers crossed for you!
     
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    They dont grow there arms back do they? Looking good, i hope the best! keep us updated :)
     
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    Yes they do, and as some of us have noted at the rate of appx. 1" a month.
     
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    It looks like there is a new growth tip on at least one of the chopped off arms (the little bud looking thing on arm L2).

    I wish I could get bait shrimp like that. I brought some back on my last trip and they survive well if they make it to the aquarium (I still have one alive that I threw in the unoccupied aquarium. they make interesting aquarium animals in their own right and my granddaughter was depressed when she learned the one in with Octane was there as food. If they should die and you note it right away, freeze them. They will still be fresher than what we get in the store.
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  6. Lmecher

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    They all made it and are now in the tank. :smile:
    One jumped ship and I had a heck of a time picking it up. Frisky little suckers!

    The octopus is sitting near the top of the bag. I keep checking to see if it is breathing :indiffer: ...it is.
    I rechecked the ammonia, it is at 4, making progress. I am at 2 hours. How long is too long for acclimation? I was hoping for 3 hours max but don't want to rush things.

    I just took a look and I got the annoyed eye.
     
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    D do you offer food at the end of acclimation just before putting the octopus in the tank? Just curious how you do it.
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    By the way, I forgot to mention. I talked with Tom, he told me he keeps all his tanks at (salinity) 1.028. He said he has not checked them in a few weeks but never got back to me with where they are now.
     
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    Yes, I always attempt to feed just before release. However, others hold off for a day or two to encourage hunger. If they don't eat, I don't sweat it but often an animal will accept food because it is nerveous, not because it is hungry. I take advantage of this to be sure it has had something to eat, knowing that it is unlikely to eat for the next few days. Now, ask me if there is a benefit :grin: . I am the first to admit that the only KNOWN benefit is my own mental comfort in knowing it has eaten.
     
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    Glad things still look good!
     
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    Lmecher Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    Things with the last one went south when I released it. It's hard to tell at this point it is sitting near the top of the bag not moving much. It is breathing so that is a good sign :confused:
     
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    When I got mine he was missing arms too. I have no idea if they've grown back or not but it's been about 9 weeks. He was much smaller then yours.

    It looks like you are keeping him in a pretty small tank, is this his permanent home or just until he gets bigger? I wish I had started mine in a smaller tank as I may have actually seen him a bit more, but slowly and surely he is starting to poke out of the rock at night.
     
  13. Lmecher

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    My tank looks small, I know, but it is a 120.
    What size tank is yours in?

    It is normal for them to be more reclusive when they young. My last briareus was like that. Have you tried to catch him out in the wee hours of the morning? My son was working nights, he get to see Ollie crusing all over the tank when he get home. He'd wake me up so I could see him otherwise I'd never have known.
     
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    Here is a video I shot when acclimation began a couple hours ago. You can get a better look at my tank.
    What a little cutie :fingerscrossed::fingerscrossed::fingerscrossed:

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    I released him an he is still out front and center. I took video (clumbsily) of it. I will upload it now.

    The release was not very briareus-like. He couldn't wait ti get out of the container.

    Unfortunately there is a "however" since I shot this video, I turned off the light to let settle down. He settled right out in front one the sand next to the glass.

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    I just spoke to my husband who is at work for the umteenth time today. I told him how the octopus is acting and it dosen't look good. He told me if this one dosen't make it, that's it. He thinks I am close to a nervious break down worrying. :roll:
    Any way shortly after I hung up, the little one started swimming (I love watching them swim) he'd stop stick to the glass and swim some more. I walked too close and he crawled into the rockwork, whew! I was so concerned. I continue to be cautiously optimistic :hmm:
    I hesitate to call Mark back. and tell him..what the heck, he thinks I lost my mind already so what have I got to loose? :roflmao:
     
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    I'm hanging in here with you and keeping :fingerscrossed: as there is not much I can add. I am never comfortable until AFTER 2 weeks (I had two mercs to die at 14 days early on in this adventure and 2 hummelincki females to start brooding in the same time-frame). Are we sure this one is O. briareus?
     
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    Oh wow, from the picture it looks way smaller. Your Octopus is also bigger then I thought. Mine is in a 90. I've only seen him out of the rock completely once. I have checked at all hours middle of the night middle of the day, right at lights out, right before lights on ect. Apparently it is normal for them to be more reclusive when they are young. This is my first guy so my only basis is what others have told me on tonmo.
     
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    My husband worries about me too... I am a mess for the first few weeks worrying constantly over if they will make it or not. I was so depressed when HP started declining but he wouldnt tell me thats it... he always say well if this one dies we'll get you another one. (He knows how happy they really do make me.) Besides thats a battle he would loose lol. When I was having issues with my first octo from Tom I called my husband and just felt so defeated I asked him to tell me what to do... (like he had a clue lol)

    It will work out, and in the mean time...yay you got an octopus!
     
  20. Lmecher

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    From observations it does not seem to be acting like O. briareus. I have not seen a hint of the shimmer but I understand that really means nothing at this point. All we can do it wait and see. I will try to get photos and videos when it makes an appearance. From all the film I shot, what are your thoughts? You know more than I do.
     

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