Adventures in Octo Ordering...

Bio Teacher

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I ordered a "common brown octo" from my LFS and received a mercatoris (small, shy, nocturnal).

This is not an actual pic, but it looks exactly like this:

http://www.tonmo.com/gallery/data/2/medium/Omercatorismating1small.jpg

My students were disappointed that the new octopus was hiding under a rock all the time, so I decided to order a vulgaris.

An online site advertised several species of octopus, including a vulgaris. I got the personal assurance of the owner that I would be sent a vulgaris.
Much to my dismay, I was sent another mercatoris :banghead:

So it seems that the "you never know what you'll get" principle is entirely true.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the mercs, but it would be nice to spend $120 bucks and actually get what I ordered.

Also, if you need live food like fiddlers and shrimp, this company is awesome:
http://www.aquaculturestore.com/

Cheers!

Dustan
 

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What nighmares! I was so shocked when my LFS had 2 octos in that I had to jump on it (hummelinckis). But I dread the day when I might have to...order...one. Ugh! Watch me get a baby GPO.
 

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sigh, sorry to hear it. We've had some good luck with suppliers that can send briareus or hummelincki fairly reliably recently, although I'm not sure if they're still "in season." Check out the "octopus availability" thread from a month or two ago...
 

Nancy

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The funny thing is, you're much more likely to get a too-small octopus rather than a too-large one (based on experience over the last few years).

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Bio Teacher

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Thanks for the replies all...

I guess I'll just experiment with suppliers until I find one that can differentiate between a merc and a vulgaris.

Monty, what's been your experience with the briareus and hummelincki? Are they day-active?

Thanks again,
-D
 
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I have a Briareus,He is alittle of both,always comes out when the lights first come on,and when they first go off.Then he roams around in the middle of the day and sometimes at night.But each octo is different,another Briareus may not be so active.
 

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Dread,

I almost ordered one of those, but read that they were also completely nocturnal.
Again, I'm finding there's a whole range of accuracy with the information out there.
Glad to hear that about your briareus.
The pics I've seen of those are really neat. Kind of green and ghostly. Is yours like that?

Cheers,
-D
 

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Bio_Teacher,
The Hummelincki is a diuranl species. I have had mine for several weeks and he generally comes out about 2:30 in the afternoon and retires around 9:00 PM. The schedule is not ridgid and seems to alter slightly through the week but then repeat again.

The problem with the species to date has been longevity in captivity. There were several purchased from one supplier that lived a very short time. Octane is an adult so we are concerned about how long he will be with us but his pattern changing is terrific and frequent. One of the things I will recommend is to have a lot of contrast in your aquarium. Mine has a black backwall, light stand and bumpy liverock. As Octane visits the different medias, his color and texture change accordingly without any other stimulus.
 
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Small Vulgaris and Mercs have similar coloration so most divers will not be able to tell the difference. If you try for a Vulgaris again, request one that is larger than an adult Mercatoris, and you will hopefully have more luck getting one.
 

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