Trinity O. bimaculoides

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  1. SabrinaR

    SabrinaR Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Registered

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    I got my bimac from Joe-Ceph today! Thank you Conrad! He send some goodies too! A few sea stars and some snails... I have a COLD WATER TANK! Not just and octopus! YAY!

    Ok sorry I will calm down now. I am just thrilled with having him do this for me.

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  2. QueenB

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    :welcome: Little one! Grats on your new addition! Sure is a looker! Your making me jealous! I can't wait for my tank to cycle.

    Any thoughts on names? I'm scratching my head thinking on future names to choose from. We need to have a thread for Octo name suggestions. lol
     
  3. SabrinaR

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    Her name is Trinity. I named her because she is my third octopus. Mystique, Baby and Trinity. Well shes not my third but she makes three right now.
     
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    Lovely name. Any idea on age? Measurements? She's beautiful!
     
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    Very nice! :welcome: Trinity! You have 3? My my, someone's been busy!
    How lucky are you? I am curious about her size too, she looks tiny. Pretty cushion star. You must have your hand full. (in a good way)
    Can't believe how much has happened in the few days I was absent :neutral:
     
  6. SabrinaR

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    Shes actually quite small compared Isis my other bimac. I would say her mantel is about the size of of a kiwi only not as round.
    Joe-Ceph catches his octopuses all the time and says that these are small (babies) so I will hopefully have her for a while. The longest I have been able to keep an octopus is 3 months. So I pray she lives at least a good while.

    :grin: I have been quite busy. And yes I have 3. If Conrad had had his way I would have had 4! :lol: Of course I was tempted but my 5th tank wont be set up for some time and I would like it to be set up slowly with no rush involved. Right now Baby is still hiding. I am worried that she will be nocturnal. I am not up at 3 am so seeing her would be difficult. I am going to go pick up some live shrimp at the bait shop soon. Both Baby and Trinity, have eaten while acclimating so I wont worry for a few days.

    I havent really been posting a lot about tanks and what not lately so its easy that you wouldnt have known whats going on. I do have my hands full :grin: in a good way. I love having multiples.
     
  7. Joe-Ceph

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    She was opening and eating small live muscles (.5 - .75"), but the last one she had was about four days ago. I don't feed bimacs shrimp very often, because I think they prefer scallop, and in the tiny quantities an octopus eats, the price difference is negligible. The trick is to find a place that sells loose scallop meat, so that you can buy two or three ounces at a time, instead of a big package. Where I live, Costco sells loose seafood on Fridays and Saturdays.
    I kept a local shrimp with a bimac, and it was very hard for the bimac to catch the shrimp (it took almost a year). I don't think they eat shrimp much in the wild, and I'm not sure how good a food source it is, especially farmed shrimp. I'm sure it's good, but I suspect scallop is better.

    Don't worry about it being nocturnal. It'll learn to associate you with food and come out when you're around. Remember, it just came from a tide pool, where it pays for little animals to stay hidden, so it'll take a little while for those street smarts to wear off. Once it feels safe it'll come out when you're around, just to keep an eye on you.
     
  8. SueAndHerZoo

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    Wow, congrats - Trinity is beautiful! I'm so jealous - you can actually SEE your bimac without a magnifying glass. LOL Hopefully if I can keep my little buggers alive I will be able to, too.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
    Sue
     
  9. iAlex

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    When I see the name Trinity, I think of the 'Trinity Killer' from Dexter... :goofysca: But congrats on your third! :smile:
     
  10. Joe-Ceph

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    I think of Neo's girlfriend from The Matrix.
     
  11. SabrinaR

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    :lol: My husband said the same thing!


    I saw Trinity come out today. She ate a crab and then went back to hid. All in all she seems to be doing well.
     
  12. Joe-Ceph

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    So how are all of your tank additions doing? Have you been able to get Trinity to take shrimp or scallop off a skewer? The bat star will eat algae if you have it, and you can supplement that with little pieces of shrimp, or any seafood (every five days or so, about the size of a small grape). Increase feeding if the bat star seems to get slimmer, or starts attacking things it normally leaves alone (I lost a few strawberry anemone to a bat start until before I learned to feed them enough) but try to keep feeding minimal. The brittle stars will look for scraps on the sand. I don't know if you need to add food for them. What temp are you keeping the tank at?
     
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    They all seem to be doing well. I put frozen mysids in the tank to make sure there was plenty of food for them. I keep the tank at 65 degrees. I havent seen much of Trinity. I saw her for a little while when I put her in the tank, then a little bit (10 min at a time) each day. Though she was still under rocks, she just had her eyes peaking out. She has eaten 2 crabs since I got her so I am glad to say she is doing well.

    I will start interaction either today or tomorrow, when ever I see her next.

    Wish me luck.
     
  14. SabrinaR

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    I started trying to interact with Trinity. Though she wasnt very interested. I put some clam meat on a tube and moved it just above her. She grabbed at it at first but the sea stars were far more interested in it then she was. I did this for about 5 min and then just let her be. She didnt hid but she wasnt very interested. I will try a shrimp next time. Maybe I will get a better response.
     
  15. Joe-Ceph

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    If you are worried about Trinity going too long without eating, I think your best bet is a small piece of scallop meat on a skewer. There's something about scallops and bimacs. I know she will eat small live muscles, at least if she has privacy and feels secure. If the muscle is larger than 1", then you should probably open it a little (cut through the white muscle tissue that holds the two shells together). It generally takes a few days before new octos start eating, but if she doesn't take food soon, I think the above suggestions will be your best bet.
     
  16. SabrinaR

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    Oh she is already eating and eating well. I just offered the clam meat as an interaction toy as fiddlers dont stick to well to hose or sticks lol. She is still acting nocturnal but thats ok.

    I will be getting some small clams from HEB this weekend. They are the only local place I know of that sells the small ones live.
     
  17. SabrinaR

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    Trinity is doing very well. We had our first game of tug o war the other day. She has been coming out a little more and more each day which is good. She has also been excepting food like a champ. I for whatever reason prefer live food to frozen, though I do sometimes feed frozen crabs and what not when I run out of live food. All in all things are going very well.
     
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    SO good to hear! And I can assume our ceph friends prefer the fresh or frozen, too. :)
    Sue
     
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    Here are some pictures of Trinity. I tried to feed her a crab in a bottle... she was interested in the bottle at first and then decided it wasnt to much fun. :grin: I will try this again as IMO this was a great first effort. In the end I just gave her the crab though I should have tried a bit longer I think. She has real potential I believe.

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  20. Mike Bauer

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    That is awsome

    Congrats on all you success. They look grate, healthy and playful. I recall playing with one while driving. I would hide behind this bid rock, Octopus was hiding on the other side, I would look over the rock and it would be coming over the rock to look at me. Then it backed up and hid behind the rock again. I would hide again and it would come look for me. Spent my entire dive playing hide and seek. How do you keep them inside the tank; duct tape? :snorkel:
     

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