Chambered Nautilus Experiences

DWhatley

Kraken
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Sep 4, 2006
Messages
20,999
Finno,
No questions about needing the chiller! I was trying to figure out a way to use my existing setup as the next chiller purchase will go to the octo tank so I can have a bimac ;>).

I am still toying with the idea of adding a "fuge" above the pot tank and lowering the temp. The abdominalis can easily live colder than the 68 I run now and I would make the fuge the first stop after the chiller then cascade into the pot tank. It will be a while before we actually do anything with the setup as I may need a deeper tank for the pot bellies if they get much larger and we would then probably use the existing 2' tall tank as the fuge and add a 3' tank below for the horses.

We have a new saltwater store that has a naut and I had to go visit. It has lived there for a couple of weeks in too warm water and the day I went to visit it developed the boyancy problem mentioned in the thread (store owner, "funny, it usually stays on the bottom" - totally ignored my not too gentle suggestion that 78 was way too warm). If it had not been soooo much money ($150) I would have taken it home and put it in the sump just to TRY to save it. I don't expect this store to be around much longer even though it only opened recently. I am afraid I know more than the whole crew put together (I would rate myself intermediate but collectively novice might be an understatement for the shop personnel and ownership) and don't believe anyone but the hired employee has ever cared for a SW tank (I promise, it is that bad). Neal has agreed to try to go by once a month or so to see if they start liquidating ;>). They are losing most of their corals but there are a couple of acrylic display tanks that we could put SOME PLACE ...:roll:

I have to admit that I fell in love immediately and would eventually like to keep one. People who find them boring would not like my tanks :wink: .
 

robyn

Vampyroteuthis
Registered
Joined
Jan 19, 2007
Messages
314
oh that's sad! Poor thing. It sounds like its being slowly simmered to death.....

Sometimes they can recover their buoyancy regulation, and I've had animals live long lives while floating about, so it might survive if it got good care ($150 is more than I would pay for an already-slightly-dodgy animal though).

I got six of these guys last wednesday from the Phillippines, via California, and they are starting to recover their neutral buoyancy after floating about for a couple of days after shipping. I think they're tougher than they look.

Maybe there's hope for it yet, although it sounds like the owners of the store are not too promising!
 

DWhatley

Kraken
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Sep 4, 2006
Messages
20,999
Robyn,
Could you keep us posted on how yours do. Are these for a personal or university tanks? It will be a while before I configure something so the more I can learn the better I can redesign my setup.
 
Joined
Aug 31, 2006
Messages
51
i'm planning to get a couple nautiluses after my bimac project, probably this autumn. the idea of warming the water at night sounds interesting and very doable. i think my setup will work fine. i know my wholesaler has them available as they arrive at LAX. i'll look forward to that article.
robyn, i will get in touch with you as the date draws near.
zyan
 

robyn

Vampyroteuthis
Registered
Joined
Jan 19, 2007
Messages
314
Mine are in a university tank - I'm doing behavioural research on them (spatial learning and memory at the moment). I will happily provide updates. I've had them since last Wednesday, caught in the Philippines the previous Sunday, so they're still in their settling-in stage. Their shells are beautiful - really pale peach-coloured stripes, different from the normal bright orange we usually get.

Getting them shipped to NY from California was a total shambles - Wednesday here was horrible weather, Fedex lost them for almost 8 hours, despite being in two huge boxes labeled 'live animals', we had to drive to the dispatch depot at 7pm and collect them so they didn't freeze overnight. And by the time we had them here, two had chewed through their bags, which had leaked everywhere, leaving them with no water. They survived just fine - Nautiluses are tough!

Right now they're chewing happily on frozen fish heads. 4 are buoyancy-regulating normally, two are still floating. Often they recover this after a week or so. So overall I am beginning to think nautiluses are much less delicate than most people assume - they are definitely ultra-sensitive to poor water quality, but they seem quite good at surviving stress and long periods out-of-water.

I'll try to take some pictures of them once they calm down a bit.
 
Top