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Finally, an octopus in Holland

nightlife31

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Many Many more pictures.

See this link: http://www.zeewaterforum.net/forums/index.php?board=25;action=display;threadid=7345

It looks like I got a daylight animal, so I can get some great pictures. It is amazing in color changes, as you can see on the pictures. A stripe, spots, star eyes.

It didn't eat the shrimp I placed in the water last night (see attachement).
Just bought a black molly, hope it will eat this one
 

nightlife31

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I become more positive that I got this Octopus aculeatus. It surely is awake during the day, it's just sitting in the left front corner while lights are on. Unfortunatly it isn't eating the molly that is swimming around in the tank. It's should eat something soon.

Anyone an idea to get it eating (the LFS caught it in the tank by placing a trap with a dead calamari as bait). And now it is refusing dead shrimp and life molly.
 

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I had similar problems!!! got to be live crabs im afraid!
 

joel_ang

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Wow, what excellent photos nightlife, I liked the fourth one best. As for the eating part, Maybe you might want to let it settle down and get used to its new environment. Try putting a few hermit crabs in for the time being and he should eat pretty soon. Good Luck
 

corw314

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Hi and welcome!!

What an excellent octo you have! Enjoy every moment he's with you! What kind of camera? The shots are excellent!

Carol
 

mikeconstable

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Lovely pictures and interesting environment for your octopus.
My cuttlefish ate live shrimp, but some octopus find them difficult to catch? It is important to find something for your octopus to start eating, you can try to change to something more convenient or cheaper later?
You mentioned it was caught in the shop using calamari as bait- would it eat that?
You can see the health and enthusiasm for life of your pet once it starts feeding.
 

nightlife31

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Will it be able to make it to the weekend without crabs? When added to the tank, it should eat fast because these crabs come from the nordsea (very chikky now), so probably doný stay alife very long in the warm aquarium (24 celsius).

I have canon ixus 400, it's truly a fabulous camera. Especially the macro mode.

Any indication how long it will life? a few months? half a year? a year?
 

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If i was to be really negative i could say that its not feeding because it is a mature adult looking for a place to spawn... it has happened before to people on the site. Hopefully, this is not the case here!!! :smile: But it may be a fertilsed adult or a male that has mated??? Worst case scenario is that it lost its arms being torn away from its den where it had eggs?

The longest I have kept one of these octopuses is around 6 weeks or so, not much longer.

You could bring the crabs slowly to room temperature, say overnight and then raise their temp to tank temp after that?

This is one of the most annoying and frustrating things about keeping cephalopods. At least in the USA it is really easy to buy captive bred bimacs. Over here I have ordered 'vulgaris' on at least a dozen ocassions and opened a box to find cf. aculeatus or bocki or even species that i have no idea what they were????

My first octopus was an adult long-arm species like horridus but it never stopped me!!!

If i had the space I would be breeding bimacs, Sepia, Rossia and Eledone or at the very least.. rearing eggs!!!!
 

Nancy

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Even if it is an older octopus, you're giving it a good home and you can learn a lot about octopuses by watching and interacting. It's a very handsome octopus. Does it have a name yet?

Nancy
 

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