Calimari Charlie - A. aculeatus

bikeguy33

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thanx for the kind welcomes.

to the best of my knowledge he is O. acleatus. his mantle is around an inch or so and his arms have to be 9 or 10 inches. i have had him for a lil over a week and he is the coolest aquatic friend i have had. i won`t have the time to do a daily log...but i will add when something out of the ordinary happens...

once again....thanx alot for the welcome....
 

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thanx Roy for the correction...I do appreciate it as I`m new to this forum and new to ceph keeping as well.I look forward to future input from you.
 

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Neogonodactylus;166154 said:
The genus of aculeatus was changed from Octopus to Abdopus.

Roy

:oops: My Bad Roy, I have it right in the List of Our Octopuses but was in too much of a hurry when I set up the journal thread :oops:
 

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by the way...we have named him now....a lil unacurate being octopus...but my son named him calimari charlie....i thought it was cute...
 
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Adorable name :smile: and so active. Loved the video, can't wait to see more. I am not so good at sexing, took months to finally sex Diablo but looks more like a Calimari than Charlie. Would love to hear more on your feeding difficulties. What are you feeding and how?
 

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he isnt a very good eater. i change it up for him everyday. his diet includes small coctail shrimp, mussels, live clams, mysis shrimp, and prawns. i throw out alot of food as he only seems to eat every other day. some places i read that they will eat 4 times a day...other places say every other day is fine so don`t know what to believe. any suggestions would be great. since he can cause a nasty bite i dont want to hand feed him anything, not for my well being, but if my son sees my hand in the tank feeding....he won`t be able to avoid the draw of his own hand in the tank...and you all know how 5 year olds can be...
 

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Food quantity is not clear and changes over the life of an octopus as well as with species (water temperature may also be a factor and then there are likely other undentified factors, including stress levels, size of and individual enjoyment of the particular food). We find that ours eat dead food sized at about 1/3 the mantle length better than larger food but will readily hunt mantle sized live animals. The quanity of actual food is likely to be about the same using these rough sizes. The amount of food (vs size) has varied greatly even within species. We have had gluttons and picky eaters and no clear reason for the difference in food intake demands. One consistent observation is that a female close to brooding will demand more food and be more active just before (roughly a week) she starts denning. Since stress levels have a definite impact, it is never clear what state a newly introduced animal is approaching.

The arms on Charlie look more robust to me than the typical aculeatus we see.

We have numerous reports of a variety of octopuses seeming to enjoy "watching" TV or computer screens. A recent study suggests that at least some species can identify food on HD TV but a slower refresh rate does not produce recognition.
 
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