Young Bimac. rate of growth?

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  1. singularity

    singularity Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    I got my octopus from fishsupply a few weeks ago. Pixel was rather small when I got him, and I am wondering why I should expect as far as rate of growth goes.

    He is eating a ton, almost non-stop right now, but I am not seeing a huge change in his size. He is getting bigger, but I am wondering what I should be expecting.

    Thanks.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    As long as Pixel is eating and growing, he's doing fine.

    Growth is gradual and it will take many months to become a full sized bimac.

    I documented my bimac Ollie from the day he arrived and have a complete record of his growth, but the funny thing is, I never noticed him growing. He just slowly got bigger and bigger. He had to change where he was living and find larger and larger caves as he grew.

    Nancy
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    I was curious too! How big is Pixel? Lil Pumpkin curled up is the size of a dime.

    Carol
     
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    singularity Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Judging size of octopusses...

    When Pixel started out, he would curl up into a sphere about .5 inch in diameter. Now he is getting closer to a sphere about .75 inch in diameter.

    That is in about three weeks being with me.

    it is really hard to judge, though. I can definitely tell he is growing from arm length. Each of his arms has probably gained at least .25 inch since I got him (from about 2 inches to about 2.25 inches). Any other size measurement is tough since they are so fluid. He can seem to cut his total volume (and arm length) in half in a matter of a few seconds.
     
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    joel_ang Architeuthis Registered

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    I read somewhere that octopuses grow by roughly 30-40% of what they eat which is pretty fast.
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Sounds like Pixel was the same size as Lil Pumpkin when you got him. Do you have him ie huge tank? I have mine in a pethome in a tank right now. Is it easy to find Pixel?

    Just curious. At some point I know I will have to give Pumpkin roaming priviledges, once I relocate the Jawfish.

    Carol
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    A word about bimac growth - it has amazed me that in just 7 months, Ollie has gown from a 1 inch mantle to a 7 or 8 inch mantle. And from 2 inch arms to arms that can stretch 2 feet. He's a big octopus now, and it happened very fast. I'm finding that his 46 gallon tank isn't any too big for him, either.

    One thing that's been constant is change - he has been constantly changing and developing. His habits change, too. But then, that's what makes it interesting.

    So enjoy your little bimacs and don't be in too much of a hurry for them to grow up!

    Nancy
     
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    o.vulgaris Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    where'd you read that? :shock:
     
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    In one of Dr Wood's articles I think. Some where on his site. :roll:
     
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    o.vulgaris Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    hmm, well he does have a huge site, you do mean Dr. James B. Wood right?
     
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    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Of course that's the Dr Woods he means, and its partly because it is such a huge site that finding the article takes some time. i am not familiar with the article but have also read similar to state that a ceph can put on 25% extra mass each week while it is growing in the right conditions.

    I'll have a quick scan for it later
     
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    o.vulgaris Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    yes I do now that they increase in lean body mass from 20%-25% of what they eat--but 40% usually applies to a ceph with a eating frenzy..not usual. :)
     
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    I'm sorry if the info is wrong but I can't seem to find the article on Dr Wood's site anymore. :?
     
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    Carol

    Ive heard you mention your pethome a couple of times now....

    this time and once before when using for a 'fridge' for your previous octo, sorry cant rememebr name.

    I was wondering what you mean and if you could poss post a pic?

    Cheers in advance

    Scouse
     
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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Little Critter Cage, Plastic Container with a lid that comes in all sizes!

    I believe Pixel also lives in one for the moment. I put a small cartridge filter in to draw water from the tank into the pethome.

    Very handy container to keep in ones car, just in case!!! :)
    The picture below is Lil Pumpkins' new home for the moment!

    Carol
     
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    Excellent!!!

    Nice one Carol, stops my curiosity wonderin now!!
     
  17. singularity

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    My picture...

    [​IMG] A picture of my set-up.

    I am going to let Pixel out this week. I worked all weekend on getting the feeder tank set up as well as some last-minute escape-proofing.

    The powerhead right above the terrarium is a MaxiJet 1200. There does not seem to be any problem with flow inside the terrarium.
     
  18. o.vulgaris

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    singularity, very cool setup you got there. :)
     

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