[Octopus Eggs]: Trappers Grandchildren - Tank Bred Mercatoris

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With the death of HideNSeek, I am starting a new thread for his two surviving captive bred offspring.

This link:
http://www.tonmo.com/community/index.php?threads/7853/

is to the journal of their birth and the lives of their parents and includes a link to the journal of the original wild caught mother.

These two are the only surviving offspring from a brood of an estimated 50 CB Mercs. They were born the week of November 17th 2007. I believe one is female and her sibbling male. The female has acquired the name Little Girl (LG for short - thanks gholland :wink:) and the assumed male is named Wiley for his refusal to stay in the breeder net.

Little Girl was transferred this week to a 15 gallon hex tank with small skimmer and overflow that successfully housed two of her uncles for 9 months.

Wiley has escaped capture several times and only last week was confirmed to be surviving with his father in a 45 gallon aquarium (also hex shaped).

It is my intent (if not out witted) to have Wiley join LG in the smaller tank with hopes of producing one more generation. If successful, I am hoping to obtain a new blood line from gholland (a lot of maybe's here) with the hope of producing future generations.
 

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LG died today - 7+ months

She was out in the open most of last week and was obviously disoriented. On arm was curled up tightly very much like Sisturus just before he died. I am still thinking it is something like a heart attack, stroke or just heart failure of a single heart (two adjoining arms curled up and became useless in Sisty's case). She was born the week of November 17th and was exceptionally small.

Wiley still roams the larger tank and is seen much like his uncle, MIA, about once a month. During his last appearance he took a shrimp from a feeding stick so I hoped he would return to the same spot but, like his other appearances, he did not show up again (and has never appeared where he knows he has been seen).

GHolland has offered the opportunity to mate him if his own brood produced multiple females but I do not have much confidence in his continued survival. I have high hopes that Greg will be successful with mating his CR's to see if the small size of my CB's is normal for in-bred and tank bred or if there were other factors. His group is eating and growing well so I am hoping that tank raising is not the concern.
 
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:goodbye: LG. :angelpus:

So sorry D. We really would love to help continue Trapper's line if we could just identify a female among our 4-month olds!

Here's to hoping Wiley comes back around! :fingerscrossed:
 

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gholland;122174 said:
Hey D,

Any sign of Wiley?
Unfortunately, no. I look every night and keep shrimp and snails available but have stopped the nightly Cyclop-eeze to try to cut down on the brissle worm and aptasia (both thrive with Cyclop-eeze) populations. The aptasia is not a major problem but the brissles are out of hand.

I have thought about closing the journal but everytime I report that he is gone, he shows up - maybe I should have made the report :hmm:.

I am at a bit of a crossroad now and am holding off deciding what goes into a couple of tanks. I am 99% sure I am going to put a mantis in Sisty and Dusa's tank but the 45 is still under consideration. I really liked little OP and the tank should be very well suited for an aculeatus but I find myself missing the dwarfs when I look at their tank. Hopefully, we will get Octane moved into his new home and that will free up another species only tank. To add to the mix, I have always wanted to raise a vulgaris and have given serious thought to converting the 140 and moving the reef critters to the 45. I have not added much to my reef in a year and it is not over crowded and it would look nice in the living room and ... decisions, decisions. Since our lives are on hold right now, I am just kind of waiting to see what serendipity puts on my plate.
 

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D, I can imagine you adding other octopuses and inverts, but I can't imagine life without your little mercatoris! I've been reading about them for so long!

Nancy
 

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Nancy;122205 said:
D, I can imagine you adding other octopuses and inverts, but I can't imagine life without your little mercatoris! I've been reading about them for so long!

Nancy
Yea, I had decided to keep daytime critters since Neal never got to enjoy the nocturnals but the tank is in our eating area and I find myself looking for Sisturus subconciously. I am keeping an eye on Thales' progress with the o. chierchiae and always read Greg's terrific posts on his little Mercs but I have not asked Ken to find me another Merc ... yet. Something will come up that makes up my mind, maybe I he will have access to a Merc when I get my shrimp :wink:. Since I am slightly weary of the 45, leaving it empty for awhile won't hurt. I have entertained cuttles in that tank as well - just call me wishy-washy.
 
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dwhatley;122206 said:
Yea, I had decided to keep daytime critters since Neal never got to enjoy the nocturnals but the tank is in our eating area and I find myself looking for Sisturus subconciously. I am keeping an eye on Thales' progress with the o. chierchiae and always read Greg's terrific posts on his little Mercs but I have not asked Ken to find me another Merc ... yet. Something will come up that makes up my mind, maybe I he will have access to a Merc when I get my shrimp :wink:. Since I am slightly weary of the 45, leaving it empty for awhile won't hurt. I have entertained cuttles in that tank as well - just call me wishy-washy.
Cuttles, cuttles, they would watch you eat! :biggrin2:
 

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I have a Q about bristle worms. I never noticed how many are in the tank Al is in now, I never spent so much time looking at the tank after lights out. Could the large pop. in his tank be a problem for Al and if so, how can I get rid of them?
 

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