40 New Beaks to Feed!

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Well, not yet....

Both of my Mercs have laid fertile eggs (very exciting!).
The eggs are now about the size of a large grain of rice, and I can see two dark eye spots in each one.

Currently, the octopi are cohabitating with 4 damsels and one very large long-spined black sea urchin.

Do you think the damsels will eat the baby octos?
Any concerns with the urchin?

If anyone is in my area and would like one when they hatch, just let me know. I'm in Greensboro, NC.

Cheers,

-Dustan
 


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Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. I'm not sure how big they'll be when they finally hatch.

I'll probably remove the damsels just to be safe.

I'd love for them to be more day-active, so I want the tank to be a safe and non-threatening environment.

Thanks for the input.
 
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FYI, octopus is not of Latin origin, therefore the correct plural is octopuses and not octopi.

Longspine Urchins are usually not recommended tank companions with octopuses because their sharp spines can easily damage an octopus's sensitive skin. If you would like an urchin in the tank, consider a pencil or pincushion.
 


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Dustan,
Be sure to have lots of live food (mysids, tigger pods,etc.) available before the babies hatch. We lost about 15 babies after hatch because of delays getting live food.
Greg
 

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Ship, I'm sure the plural form is an issue that's been heavily debated, especially on this forum.
It would seem that both forms are acceptable regardless of the word's origin (check any dictionary).
The evolution of a language has a lot to due with common usage, and that often trumps the "rules" of a language.

My guess is that 99% of the population has never heard or said the plural form of octopus in their life, so when they hear "octopuses," is just sounds weird and incorrect. I'm not a professional linguist, so I could of course be wrong about all of this =^D

Thanks for the advice about the urchin. I'll probably remove him along with the damsels when the eggs hatch.
I've gotten quite attached to "Big Urn," but oh well.

Chris, I'm hoping my damsels aren't as sadistic as you'd have them be.

Corw, thanks for the info.

Cheers,

-Dustan
 

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Bio Teacher;113827 said:
anyone is in my area and would like one when they hatch, just let me know. I'm in Greensboro, NC.

Please let us know when they hatch. I'm in S.C....Not too far from you! Good luck~:baby:
 

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