Short Video -- Got my new Octopus from Octopets.com

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  1. johnhasson

    johnhasson Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Got my new Octpus from Octopets.com

    This is him in the bag floating with the clams that also came.

    Delivery was fast and service was great.

    He (or she) is about the size of an average human thumb.

    http://www.johnhasson.com/OctopusInBag.wmv

    I've been lurking here for months. Tank cycled for a few months with damsel and hermit crabs (took damsel out based on advice from Octopets to ensure he leaves my baby octopus alone).

    Octopus has eaten at least 1 clam and 1 hermit crab.

    Whole family is excited.
     
  2. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Wow, he looks happy and healthy! Good luck 8)
     
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    um... Architeuthis Supporter

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    Very cool. I wish I could learn to keep things alive so that I could get one of those for myself some day.

    Congratulations.

    :octopus:
     
  4. Burstsovenergy24

    Burstsovenergy24 Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Awesome. 8)
     
  5. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    did they really pack the clams with the octopus?
     
  6. johnhasson

    johnhasson Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Yup, clams were in the same bag. It was no big deal. He didn't eat any that I saw. This octopus is a Tank raised bimac.

    It worked out great. They shipped him at 6pm and he arrived at my door at 10:30am so just over 16.5 hours in transit. Not a bad deal at all. Even though fish supply gets raves here (and I do give them props--I've bought from them quite often) I totally had a great experience from octopets.com
     
  7. Burstsovenergy24

    Burstsovenergy24 Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    I wish they would show how much shipping costs.
     
  8. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Congrats!!! He's sooo cute!!! Nothing like a new baby in the house!!!

    Have you named him yet? My daughtor Jess is 6 1/2 and kid's at school think she's making up stories when she talks about Ink and Lil Pumpkin!!!

    And welcome!!

    Carol
     
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    dbbga Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    What a cutie... If my new one doesnt work out im going to go thru Octopets as well :D
     
  10. joel_ang

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    Lovely little octi, how big is it now? Good luck and may he lead a long life!! :heee:
     
  11. cthulhu77

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    Yeah, cool octo! Octopets is getting a great name in the industry...nice to see a place care so much...
    Congrats, and send in more pics!
    Greg
     
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    neptune Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    Congrats. Cute little octo you have there. Please keep us updated. :D
     
  13. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    :bugout:

    sorry, im still amazed that the clams were in the same bag!!!

    has this happened to other people???

    I know what happens to the quality of water in a confined bag with one single octopus in it... let alone that amount of clams AND an octopus.... all it would take is one dodgy clam to die and the whole lot would go off like a bomb!

    :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
     
  14. johnhasson

    johnhasson Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    If he had died, then they would have sent another. It worked out perfectly.
     
  15. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    granted...

    but it would be a needless casualty.

    how has the wee guy settled in?
     
  16. johnhasson

    johnhasson Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    He can't seem to make up his mind where to set up his "den" If that is what he is trying to do.

    1) He set up under a big rock then
    2) He dug a burrow in a corner of the tank then
    3) He set up inside a small 1.5" pvc pipe for almost 2 days.
    (Before he moved out, he placed a sea shell which looked kinda like him inside. So it took us a second to realize that he had moved due to his decoy.)
    4) He is currently set up inside a larger empty snail shell.

    He eats, and eats. Mostly Clams and Hermit Crabs. (The Clams I feed about 3 a day all at once on an empty flat Shell used as a plate by his current den--the plate is used to keep them from burrowing before he decides to rip them apart and suck them dry) The Hermit crabs are being eaten as he see's fit since they were previous inhabitants used for cycling the tank.

    Next step is to get him some toys to play with.
     
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    :D
     
  18. johnhasson

    johnhasson Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    No Name Yet, as far as shipping goes, it was very reasonable. You can send them an email for a quote to your exact area.

    And no I do not work for them or with them. This has been my only experience with them, and it has worked out great.

    If they sucked, I would definately let you all know. But they don't so I won't. :)
     
  19. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    i cant help but think you are missing the point with the clams in the bag.. its not a question of them sucking or not... or whether they would replace it or not... just think of all the respiration in that bag for 16 hours... The CO2 levels would be high, ammonia high and the pH low... not an ideal start.

    What if an uncarefull courier turned the box upside down, would the clams not crush the octo?

    just to clarify, i have many years of shipping aquatic animals overnight and over 2 - 3 days
     
  20. johnhasson

    johnhasson Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    I only have experience receiving marine animals. I've received hermit crabs up to 50 (or maybe 100) in a bag from FishSupply.com. No problems with them as well. It was delievered in a rather large box. Even if it had been turned upside down (not likely due to good carrier, but you neven know) It would at the most startle him, there was plenty of room in the bag it seemed. If I hear of incididents simliar to this (lots of critters in a bag) with opposite experiences (they all die) I'll let you know.

    He seems fine so if this is a concern, consider me lucky.
     

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