Today my Pygmy Octopus is due for arrival

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  1. DocFrye

    DocFrye O. vulgaris Registered

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    I am extremely excited. Today is a huge day for me. My octopus is scheduled to be delivered before 4 today. It is also my 2 year anniversary of opening day at my vet hospital.

    I was never able to get any response to phone messages or e-mails from Octopets (I know they have been busy and have had unfortunate turns of events,) so I started looking elsewhere. I ended up ordering a Octopus joubini from Tom's Caribbean Tropicals.

    I was assured that it will be a small O. joubini, but I am somewhat skeptical. I will post pictures and descriptions as soon as possible. It's mantel is supposed to be the size of a dime, so it shouldn't be fully mature.

    Please keep your fingers crossed for me. I will post an update when it arrives.

    Thanks,
    David
     
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    DocFrye O. vulgaris Registered

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    Well... it arrived alive and I am acclimating right now. It is clasping a bivalve shell and pulsing various colors (brown, pink, purple, and blue.)

    This is very cool.
     
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    That's great news!

    Please post some pics as soon as you can, I'm interested to see how big (err...small?) it is :grin:

    If OctoPets doesn't get its act together by the time my tank is ready I may do the same thing you did.

    Do you mind if I ask how much Tom charges to get one?
     
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    Congratulations on your new baby:octopus: what will you name it?
     
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    DocFrye O. vulgaris Registered

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    I am leaning toward Jebidiah. My 4 year old son wants to nick name him Jelly-headed Jeb Jeb.

    The mantle is about the size of a nickle and its tentacles are around 3 inches long.

    He cost $40 plus shipping, and Tom threw in quite a few blue-legged hermits.
     
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    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    got any pics on the go yet?

    look forward to hearing more about jelly head :)
     
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    DocFrye O. vulgaris Registered

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    I have to charge up one camera, and borrow another to take good pictures, but I will try to get some posted as soon as possible.
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Congrats!!!! Can hardly wait for the pics! I hope he becomes a record for longivity for a dwarf!!!

    Carol
     
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    DocFrye O. vulgaris Registered

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    I will have a nice camera over the weekend to try to take a few good pictures. Jebidiah has not moved much, and is quite well hidden inside a macroalgae covered, live-rock rubble filled glass vase. As small as he is, it will be challenging to get a photo of him worth posting until he comes out to explore a little.
     
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    Congratulations !!! Looking forward to seeing pics of Doctor J !
    greg
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Congratulations on your new dwarf octo!

    What was the final choice for a name?

    Nancy
     
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    DocFrye O. vulgaris Registered

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    His name is definately Jebidiah.

    He hid under and aound some live rock rubble iside a submerged vase until last night (which made it impossible to get a decent picture.) Last night he did some exploring and I have not located him yet this morning. The entire tank is full of Live rock and macro - so he has numerous hiding places.

    I don't really expect him to be very bold any time soon, but I will attempt to get a good photo posted ASAP.

    Even though he hasn't moved around a lot, this is a very fulfilling and exciting hobby.
     
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    Glad to see you are enjoying the experience :)
     
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    DocFrye O. vulgaris Registered

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    Hello again.

    Jebidiah had spent nearly two and a half days hidden in a tiny cave in one rock in his aquarium. I was able to see about 2 square cms of him at any time with the help of a flashlight. This morning when I awoke, I turned on the red lights (remote controlled no less) to peek in at him and discovered him fully out in the open happily munching on a blue-legged hermit.

    I watched in awe for about 2 minutes and then went to get the camera. By the time I got back to the tank, Jebidiah was no where to be seen.

    Great experience. If I didn't have to hurry off to work, I could have spent all morning peering into that tank. I am very glad to see that he appears to be acclimating well and is eating. He is bigger than I was told he would be, and when he puffs himself up, his mantle is close to the size of a US quarter. I haven't been able to verify whether or not he is truly a O. joubini, but how large have pygmy octos grown to in captivity? I have read that they can have mantles up to 4.5 cm. That would be a little larger than a golf ball, right?

    Thanks everyone.
     
  15. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    glad all is well...

    you might want to do some reading on Octopus mercatoris which is often sold as joubini, mercatoris is a large egg species and a possible candidate for captive breeding programmes.

    I have been told in the past that there are several other closely related species to joubini and mercatoris, a typical cephalopod taxonomic mindfield
     
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    cant find that web page can youtell me agian
     
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    Oh I found it of season
     
  18. Neogonodactylus

    Neogonodactylus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    If it came from Tom's and was in a bivalve, the chances are 99% that it is O. mercatoris - which is good since if it is a female that has mated, you have a good chance of rearing young. I picked up one a couple of months ago and the juveniles are doing well on ampipods and live brine shrimp.
     

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