Octo Ships today

Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by Mizu, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. Mizu

    Mizu Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    From Florida.
    keey your fingers crossed.
    I custom cut a plexiglass top to seal the 150 gal from escape.
    reinforced it with glass and duct taped the edges.
    the over flow has a grill for preventing ingress but the holes are a little big for my tastes might stuff it with a foam block.
    water is at 79 degrees because my heater apperrently sucks like a 50 amp vacum.
    will get a new one soon.
    salinity is at 1.0265
    (EDIT: This number has been edited due to a typo)
    every thing else is close to zero
    Put the castle in (Megas loved his castle)
    made a 3 part envirmoment
    one part is castle
    one part is open sand
    one part is reef like with rocks and corals (half of the tank is this.)
    Coral is doing well and growing.
    I should post my tank pics havent done anythign like that since Zim died.
    well wish me luck
    Acclimation method for me is one cup of tank water every 15 min for one hour.
    hopefully this works out well
    I have had ok luck so far.
    hope it holds
     
  2. cuttlegirl

    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Good luck!:octopus: :grin:
     
  3. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    we need a "fingers crossed" smilie... (we can probably do without some of the other possible finger gestures)
     
  4. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Best of luck on your new octos arrival! One question though...what does "close to zero" mean in terms of ammonia/nitrites? Kind of important that it be zero as octopuses are very sensative in particular to ammonia.

    Anyway, please keep us updated and make sure you acclimate slowly! Also if you have airline tubing, start a suction, tie a knot in the line and alow it to drip slowing for the hour or so.
    Carol
     
  5. Akyu

    Akyu GPO Supporter

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    Take pictures! (please?)
     
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    I second that!
     
  7. Mizu

    Mizu Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Close to Zero means all zeros except for Nitrates which for some reason (maybe my brand of test kit) always show just a little. like zero is clear and there is always a hint of a shadow of color in it.
    which of course reads as not zero.
     
  8. Andy Lister

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    I'd be more inclined to do a slower acclimation than what you are saying really. A lot of marine animals which are mainly water based will react very badly to sudden changes in salinity for example due to osmosis and can get irreversable cell damage.

    Check the water that the octo comes in before you start an acclimation and float it in the tank for a good while (at least half an hour depending on the bag size) to ajust to the tank temperature before you start acclimation at all.

    Just my 2 cents anyway (and I'm English so use pence so cents are pretty worthless)

    HTH

    ~Andy
     
  9. Neogonodactylus

    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Acclimation is a two edged sword. You want to bring temperature and salinity to your aquarium values very slowly, but pH and ammonia are probably even greater threats and they will change significantly during shipping and will continue to change during acclimation. The idea of using a very slow drip to change salinity sounds like a good idea, but while you are slowly changing the salinity, the stressed cephalopod is putting out ammonia and lowering the pH. Also, if the animal was shipped sealed in oxygen, as soon as you open the bag, oxygen titers will start to fall. This can occasionally also cause problems.

    I guess the bottom line is to use common sense. Floating the shipping bag in your aquarium as soon as it arrives is a good idea and usually temperature will matich in an hour or less - unless the bag is very large or very cold. If the animal is in good shape and the water clean, you can probably take your time acclimating over several hours. However, if shipping took a couple of days and/or the animal appears stressed and the water is fouled, accelerate the process.

    Also, remember that a difference in salinity can be made up in two ways, acclimating the animal and by changing the salinity in the aquarium. We use a lot of relatively small dedicated tanks for our Hapalochlaena which often arrive in fairly hyposaline water. At the same time that we bring the salinity of thewater in the bag up, we lower the salinity in the aquarium. This speeds up the process and later the aquarium can be brought back up very slowly to normal levels through evaporation.

    Roy
     
  10. Mizu

    Mizu Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    he arrived and he looks alive and ok
    he did the whole periscoping eyeballs trick at me a couple times.
    no pics yet as i kept the lighting way down to reduce stress.
    No effort to escape the bag (megas was headed for the hills the second the bag was open)
    hes got CRAZY long leggs.
    wow long.
    Wife is acclimating him now.
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    He's soooo cute....How's he doing? Reminds me of Egor. Think he was the same species. Did you name him Blue?

    Best of luck!!!

    Carol
     
  13. Mizu

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    was thinking of naming him Meatwad

    and he is currently using a very advanced hide in plain sight ability
    because hes in there but i cant find him.
     
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    Let's hope your Meatwad has a brain.
    [​IMG]
     
  15. DHyslop

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    Do not drink the chocolate milk!

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  16. Akyu

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    Need to read slower

    I read that as "Wife is being acclimated to him now." and I thought, does his wife have a thing against crazy long legs? Did a double-take than re-read what you wrote.

    You're right! Those are crazy long legs. I'd be inclined to name him Stubbles just to be ironic.

    How big is he? I can't tell from the picture.
     
  17. Mizu

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    very small
    about 1 inch mantle
     
  18. marineboy

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    what species is he? Looks to me like a vulgaris but I could be wrong. He is going to be really fun to keep!
     

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