Perth Western Australia Octo

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  1. dovla

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    Name: Robinho
    Type: Vulgaris
    Weight: 600 grams approx
    Location: Indian Ocean
    Date: 03/09/2006

    Tank
    200 litres
    Sand
    2 x pipes
    Bio-mechanical filter (1000 L / Hr filtration rate)
    Other inhabittants: 2 fiddler crabs, molluscs, shell slug.
     

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    The pictures show Robinho's initial position on entry to the tank.
    Later that night the Oki made its way to a black pipe in the tank, after snaring a small trumpetter fish. It camps itself in the pipe most of the day - coming out in the early day & night.
     
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    :welcome: Robinho!

    Your tank does have a lid, right? How long has your tank been set up? If it hasn't been set up for at least three months, please watch the water parameters closely. You may have to do a lot of water changes to keep the ammonia under control. Do you have live rock or seaweed?
     
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    Correct - sturdy plywood lid (always on when I'm not home).
    The tank has been cycled for 30 days - no rocks or seaweed
    (apart from weedy type grass on the pipes)
    I checked the parametters yesterday:
    Ph - 8.0
    Nitrates - 0.0
    Temp - 17oC approx
    Salinity - 1.02 approx
    I will be checking the tank parametters again this afternoon.
    Thankyou for taking interest in the welfare of Robinho.
     
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    Glad to hear you have a lid :smile: . What are the nitrates and ammonia levels? He/she looks big. Are there lots of hiding places to make your octopus feel safe? Also, it's always a good sign when the eat (even if it wasn't what you wanted them to eat...).
     
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    Ammonia & nitrate levels awaiting test kits - very very soon.
    Only 2 large pipes for hiding at the moment.
    15% water change occurred on 03/09/2006.
    Will be performing 10 % change before the end of the week.
    Also looking for large perspex lid with tiny holes for airation & visiblity.
    Hopefully will have all this by Friday.
     
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    Robinho is coming out of his shelter predominantly now.
    I changed approx 10 % of water yesterday
    (pre-cautionary as I am unable to determine ammonia levels at the moment).
    The shell "slug" was removed just in case it was poisonous.
    RIP to crab 1 - did manage to recover a couple of legs.
    Last night went into "blob" formation (trying to hide from me).
    Invited to play with tennis ball, no response.
     
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    I mounted a 3mm perspex lid yesterday & bought a small lantern light.
    It has been fixed with bolts & screws to the top of the tank.
    However the visibilty has created "hyper activity" now that Robinho can see up. I have come to the conclusion Robinho is just too big. I will be releasing him back to the wild this afternoon. - Will look for a smaller oki in a couple of months (our summer) - its been very intereseting though having Robinho around.
    BTW - still feeding well (downed half a herring yesterday).
     
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    Thank you for being such a responsible octopus owner! How did you catch Robinho in the first place?
     
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    With great difficulty - snorkelling I swumbelled across a pile of shells in front of an old clay pipe. Peering inside I noticed tentacles. Fortunately I had my catch bag with me & managed to carefully place the pipe into the catch bag. It was then transported in a bucket full of sea water to my home. - (It has taken me over 2 months to come across an Oki in the wild) - Last Sunday happened to be my lucky day.
     
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    btw - I believe it is actually a cyanea not a vulgaris - apologies.
     
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    Farewell Robinho

    After 5 days of extreme fascination, it was time to let Robinho back into the wild - (Basically he was too big).
    So back i went to the Indian Ocean where once he came from & ceremoniously placed him in the water...God's speed Robinho, who knows we may meet again...
     
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    Thanks for doing the right thing. You were able to spend some time with Robinho but then realized that you needed to release him. Good luck with finding a smaller octi!

    Nancy
     
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    Cyanea has two false eye spot markings on the webbing, can you see them?
     
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    I must admit I did not see these markings - perhaps it is a vulgaris after all.
     
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    I'm in the preliminary stages of setting up my new aquarium 6ft * 3 ft by 1.5ft tall. After some consideration I've decided to use a gravel bed rather than sand. I have found it very difficult to keep the sand from going "off". Are there any types of gravel \ stone that I should specifically be using?
     

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