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[Octopus]: Dax, O. briareus

sedna

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This tank sat empty from the time Anya died in May until 2 1/2 weeks ago when Philip from KP Aquatics messaged me that he had another briareus for me. Over the summer, we made lots of updates to this tank as it is 21 years old! New live rock, corals and an awesome new Kessil light helped spruce it up- and helped me from the growing depression of an empty tank on top of all of the other 2020 bullshit!

Dax arrived the day after the election, which was a balm for all of us- an excellent distraction! A male, at least “middle aged” by the size of him. He’s definitely nocturnal, he comes out in the evening as the lights are ramping down in intensity from blue to red. This light has a “moon cycle,” which we set mostly because we can, but he was definitely out early during the new moon! 🤣

His name follows my current habit of choosing Star Trek characters. I immediately thought of “Dax” from DS9 when I saw the size of him-because Captain Sisko calls Dax “Old Man.” I don’t think he’s that old, but I do like name so I went with it!
 

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Those of you who know me understand that I am superstitious for the first two weeks of octopus acclamation. 🤣. I don’t go public with them until I am sure they are healthy, but I still take lots of pictures. Here are some more shots from the last couple of weeks of DAX after dark, and the tank in general.
 

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Wow really beautiful!! I love their personality!! Good luck with him!
 

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No new pictures, just a boring update that everything is normal (that’s the kind of boring I like!). Dax is s l o w l y becoming more interactive, but he does spend all day in a spot where he can watch the action in the living room. There are a couple of rocks that we’ve been arguing over placement, of course Dax is winning... 🤣.
Just so very thankful for TONMO.com and our amazing community today!
 

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Rhapsody in blues... Dax has started coming out earlier in the evening as he’s settled in. He’s definitely getting more comfortable with the action in the living room, and is interested in what happens in the evening. We see a nightly cloud of sucker shedding around 5pm or so, then he comes out to hunt and play.

I don’t think he’s as old as I originally did, but I still can’t tell which arm has the tip missing- it looks like the third right arm sometimes, but then he shifts and I can’t tell... I’m hoping as he becomes more social I’ll get a better look at it.
 

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