Octopus briareus from TomsCaribbean :)

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  1. octopus9

    octopus9 O. bimaculoides Registered

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    Octopus briareus from TomsCaribbean :)
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    Came in at 3:00 he is very small , i still don't know if it is a male or female really good looking with his blue eyes , i need help on what to feed him ,he is still shy i put him in a breeder net until his tank is set up i got some pic's but when he will start moving around i will get more:
     

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    Tommycs Wonderpus Supporter

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    Any measurements yet? I think AM's journal tells what he fed Kalypso.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Congratulations on your new octopus! Let me know what it's name is and I'll add that to the List of Our Octopuses.

    Does your octo really have blue eyes? I don't remember my briareus having blue eyes.

    Nancy
     
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    Thank You Nancy ...
    I named him Blue , because of his blue eyes , you can see it more in the 2nd pic and i will get more pic's of him closer so everybody see it...he is changing colors but mostly white now.
     
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    Interesting about the blue eyes. What part of the eye looks blue and what kind of lights do you have on the tank? Briareus has a wonderful green florescent display (which shows with a flashlight at night in the wild and is often how they are located) that looks like a field of glowing dots and I am wondering if your lighting makes it appear blue (they can change the iris - looks like an eyelid - color as well as their skin) but I know Animial_Mother's dwarf reflected a blue color one time (and one time only) during acclimation.

    In the briareus white appears to be good color and seems to mean they are relaxed. SueNami uses his other colors (peach and brown) only when he is disturbed. This is not the case with all species but with the two nocturnals from the Caribbean (mercatoris and briareus) I have observed this to be true (and not the case with the diurnal hummelincki).
     
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    octopus9 O. bimaculoides Registered

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    ok its ether the eyes or around the eyes that is blue , it is really nice but he is still hiding in the breeder net so i cant tell for sure when he will come out i will get more pic's...
    i have the coralife 28w lights which has nothing to do with the blue color around his eyes, because you can see the color even with out lights.also he has that wonderful green florescent you wrote about and I've never seen something like that it is really beautiful ,
     
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    I don't know how often I say, "what a beautiful animal" when I look at SueNami. There is something extra special about the look of the briareus that only partially translates in pictures.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    I agree - briareus has a special beauty and a graceful way of moving.

    Nancy
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I knew I remembered something about blue eyes and briareus and I happened upon the reference here. :wink:
     
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    can somebody help blue , i gave him a small ghost shrimp yesterday but did not
    eat it????
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    How are you trying to feed the shrimp? The best method I have found is to put it on the end of a bamboo skewer and offer it at about half the arms length. This works very well for older octos but the very young ones may be too timid.

    Can you get a couple of small fiddler crabs at a LFS? I would recommend finding some locally and then ordering more for regular feeding (Paul Sachs is a reliable and reaonably priced supplier that many of us use). For whatever reason, fiddlers appear to be a universal octo food (I break a tip off the males' claw so they can't pinch) and Paul will do his best to provide the size you request (small in this case).

    Young octopuses tend to stay shy for quite some time and it seems they have to reach a certain maturity before they will allow themselves to be seen or begin to interact (I saw this in the mercs and Animal_Mother didn't even know Kalypso was loose in his tank for quite awhile, Nancy had no idea she had a living briareus in a tank for 4 months). Keeping a little guy fed is important and there are few things he can find on his own in a critter keeper (adding pods from your sump or filter or adding some pod infested lettuce macro is a good idea). Feeding Cyclop-eeze (frozen, not the dried) is another small food that octos will eat without direct feeding. Allowing him to hunt the tank would be helpful as well but you will not likely see him at all for awhile and it is hard to be sure he is eating. Live shore shrimp can be added to the environment but they are difficult to catch and cannot be used for the only food.
     
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    Thanks for all the info , i will try and get fiddler crabs to see if he will eat them...
     
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    Got any more pics? I would love to see more of blue.
     
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    Today Aug. 26 , 2009 blue came out of his hiding place , and i managed to take some pic's he looks like an alien...:welcome: the link is the future 20g tank im still setting up , im going to put live sand and maybe some live rock or if somebody have another suggestion please give us idea's.
    the second pic, you can see the breeder net where blue is living now.
    http://img524.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=25082009085.jpg
     

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    Why dont you put him in the tank already?
     
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    My baby twin-spot took to hermit crabs right away, seemed he/she knew how to pull the little hermits out. :smile2: (quite entertaining also)
     
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    Today Aug.28 , 2009 , i wake up and see my othee2 inside the breeder net with blue , they were fighting so i had to act fast and at that moment blue looked scared and inked so i took othee2 out immediately , the 20g tank is running but it is still soon to put ether one.thanks god blue is ok , this octo is amazing.
     
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    Who or what is OTHEE2? (I will assume it is another octo)
    Have you tried the Hermits?
     
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    There has never been a TONMO recorded success of keeping two octos of different species in the same tank, regardless of the type of divider. If you hope to keep both alive, separate them and change water daily if you have to.
     
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    How big is the tank you have running now? Othee is an aculeatus, right? You'll have to put Othee in the 20 gal (which is still small for an aculeatus), a briareus will get way too big for a 20 gal cube! As you've found out, there is probably NO way to keep the two apart in one tank, so try to move one of them ASAP! If you want to keep 2 octos in one tank, then try 2 mercs in the 20 gal cube (wait until you don't have such an over- abundance, though!).
     

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