Octopus ??? (yet to be named)

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    As may already know, I purchased what I believe is an Octopus Vulgaris a few days ago. While I will not keep a very detailed journal on this guy, I will still post things from time to time.
     
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    Congratulations, a wonderful species to keep.
     
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    Congratulations!
    Hope you decide to do videos and photos like you did for Bubbles - we all enjoyed those.
    Let us know when you decide on a name.

    Nancy
     
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    Thanks. Right now all I can say is that it has extremely long thin legs for its mantel length and it is entirely nocturnal.
     
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    The entirely nocturnal part may change once it settles in. Diablo began emerging earlier and earlier in the day. Very long thin arms? Diablo had thick arms, I'd describe them as medium in length. (if that is acceptable) Interesting...may not be O. vulgaris.
    photos??
     
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    It was really difficult to see in those photos, too blurry. From the red light video, arms do not look that skinny or long compared to the mantle. More photos, when you have a chance. Now I am very interested. :smile:
     
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    I'll see What I can do tonight after work.
     
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    You're right. I came home today to find him sprawled out across the top of the tank just crawling around. I was able to snap a few pictures of him before he went back in. My presence scared him I think.
     

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    Here's a short video of our feeding session for this evening. It would've been longer, but my battery died.
     
  11. Lmecher

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    I am thinking it looks like it could be O. vulgaris but not 100 percent. Your water sure is cloudy, whats up with that? Rearranged the tank? It's wonderful that it is eating for you. Very nice, Keep the photos coming. :smile:
     
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    Yes. We just recently moved so the tank was torn down and reassembled. It's one hundred times clearer than when I first put everything in there. It's just going to take a while before its crystal again. I want to say vulgaris as well, but it's legs are sooo long and they look so thin. I love the color paterns it shows when I feed it. It turns almost the exact color and texture of the rocks that I wouldn't be able to see it if I didn't know where it was.
     
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    He was out and about again this afternoon/evening when my wife and I got back from the store. This time he did not rush to his den when I approached the tank. My wife has allowed me to set up a 37 gallon tank that used to be our herp tank into a saltwater tank for him. I have three(two white/one blue) LED strips for lighting which casts a pale white/blue over the tank. I plan on putting solid black plastic backgrounds on the back, sides, and top to keep the tank as dim as possible. I will make this my nocturnal tank. I also plan on sharing water from my 250 gallon aquarium to keep the chemistry equalized. The tank will have one maxijet powerhead with propeller adaptor for water movement and an air stone for oxygenation. I'll have plenty of live rock in there for filtration and shelter for the octopus. In my head this is looking like a really nice project. Only time will tell if it truely turns out as I have it planned. None of my projects ever do...so we'll see. I'm sure that he'll much prefer the added space and lack of predatory company.
     
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    Right now my wife and I are sharing cars, and as she will be using it tomorrow to go to work I will be stuck at home. I am hoping to have this new tank up and running completed by tomorrow evening. I will post pictures, but I'm willing to bet the tank will be cloudy. I may use a whipser filter designed for a fourty gallon tank for added filtration, but I'm still undecided on that.
     
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    Great news. My wife will not go into the office today so I will be able to finish the tank a lot sooner.
     
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    I have asked this question befor but will again. How do you properly and safely use an airstone in an octopus tank. I purchased a air pump with battery back-up in case our power goes out. Then again we just purchased a very large whole house generator. (we have frequent outages) It can power the furnace, TV, cable box, all my tanks and some lights. We tested it, I was shocked, we had plenty to spare. I had planned to just run my pumps with no lights or skimmer. A generator is the way to go, but would like clarification on using air stones in emergency situations. (would not use one otherwise)
    Are you blacking out the tank w/this octopus? My vulgaris was not completely nocturnal. Wouldn't you want to encourage it to emerge in the daylight. I think this would be counter-productive. :hmm:
     
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    I just finished setting everything up. I'm running the whisper filter now to clear up the water so I can arrange the rocks and smooth out the sand before I place him in it. I am using an air stone because there is not a lot of water movement across the surface of the tank. I see no problems in using them so long as your DO is not too high and the pump is neither sucking in the air or blasting it around the tank. You want the bubbles in a secluded area where they can go straight to the surface. I'm sorry to hear about your power issues. I will try to get my wife to help me with moving him over so I can record the intuit process so every one can see. As for the day light thing, you'll see the intensity of the lights I'm using and I think you'll understand the reason to my madness.
     
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    Right now ne is running a muck in his new aquarium. I think he really enjoys it. He's acting like a kid in a candy story running every, touching everything. I have a video of moving him over and one of him crawling around. I'm uploading them to youtube right now. He is just none stop right now. I'm thinking about getting some more LED lights so that I can have a more equal spread of blue and white. I'll post more videos when the water clears up again.
     
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