[Octopus Eggs]: Trappers Grandchildren - Tank Bred Mercatoris

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The small ones in the substrate are considered very positive, however, I have a serious brissle worm over population in the 45 and am debating what I will do about it besides reducing the food that they thrive on. The traps work for about 1 week and then they seem to learn and ignore them (and they only catch a couple anyway). I found (by accident) that a mesh laundry bag filled with lettuce algae will catch a goodly number of the larger ones in the live rock if you suspend it in the tank. At the time, I was aggravated that they were such a pain to remove from the bag of macro algae and pod I brought back from Charleston but now I am considering ordering some just to bring down the brissle population.
 

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cuttlegirl;122222 said:
Cuttles, cuttles, they would watch you eat! :biggrin2:
Octane already does that :biggrin2: (as well as the newf and the wolfhound).

I am a bit shy of trying the cuttles again since my two little guys did not live very long but I get tempted when I read some of the posts. I am particularly interested to see if Paradox is successful in raising young from his captive bred group. Daniel has not posted in awhile so I fear they have not reproduced.

Eventually, I will try them again and they would be interesting in the 140 reef . I would not have to go through the intended major overhaul I will eventually do for an octo but my mandarin is still doing well in there and would be impossible to catch.
 

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Guess who came to dinner

gholland;122174 said:
Hey D,

Any sign of Wiley?
It seems I am not yet ready to close this journal. I have looked every night for Wiley and have not seen him for well over a month (I think it has been over two months!). I finally stopped feeding the tank nightly but did make sure there were shrimp and snails in there and they seemed to have their numbers slowly reduce but I could not be sure. Even though I had given up on him a month ago, I have continued to cruise over to the tank before bed just to check ... Tonight who should be at the front of the tank but an 8 month old O. Mercatoris!. This time I was able to catch him and transfer him to the smaller tank. He was not in the least bit pleased with the transfer and inked several times. The tank change may not have been the best idea but after his multiple long term disappearances, I am giving it a shot with hopes of seeing him more often. :octorun:
 

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Were you able to confirm that Wiley is a male?
Other than guessing on behavior, no. I have never seen him for more than 5 minutes (more like 3 minutes) at any given time and it is a long time between spottings. He was so indignant about finally being captured, I don't know how long it will take him to be seen even in the smaller tank - no luck so far trying to spot him in the LR :roll: but I can't find the crab I put in the tank last night so I think that is a good sign that he is acclimating in spite of being scooped up carried across the house out of the water and unceremoneously dumped into a new home. I had no time to observe him since the last time I tried, he vanished. It was a now or never kind of transfer and I could not even guess at his health. He was all white when I spotted him but that has not been unusual for this group under red light.
 

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Wiley is still alive. I never see him and he is not eating well but if I remove his doorway shell, it gets put back. I did see a couple of arms yesterday after I removed his shell and put a shrimp in it. He did not take the shell or shrimp immediately but by the evening, the shell AND another were back blocking the entrance. Wiley might be Wilma or just comes out when I am not around. If brooding, the eggs would not be fertile. Wiley was 11 months October 17th.
 

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Wiley started to accept food from a long pipette earlier this week. I have hand fed him maybe five times during his 11 months and each time he would relocate and never return to the place I found and fed him. He is now in a much smaller tank and has stayed holed up in the back for months. I had been putting a food offering directly in front of his den and most of the time he has (assumably) eaten it. Earlier this week I noticed that he has relocated slightly (probably because I kept removing his snail shell door to see if he would put it back, thus verifying his living existence) and that I could actually see an arm and sometimes an eye. When I put the pipette almost on top of him (or the small hole directly above him) arms start flailing and the shrimp was quickly located and taken down into the hole. Tonight I tried to give him a half dead crab (after he had taken his, now nightly, shrimp) but he blew it away. When I tried again he actually touched my finger and kept a curious arm there for a few seconds (quite a change for this little guy). When he released me, I offered another shrimp, this time from my fingers and he accepted it. The only times I have seen Wiley, he has been white but the arms that he is flailing are a healthy red. He is 11 months old now so the behavior change is likely the beginning of the end but I expected him to just disappear so this little bit of interaction is most welcomed.
 

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I was determined to get a photo or video of Wiley and the leak in his skimmer/overflow required a temporary filter and removal of the black top along with his red light. I set up the camera and was pleased to find I had enough lighting then hoped that he was accustomed enough to the feeding routine to expose his arms :roll: The video actually captured more of him than I normally see!

 

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