Hello Octo lovers

DWhatley

Kraken
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Sep 4, 2006
Messages
20,999
Mercs are typically quite recluse but will learn a regular feeding time. A trick for a merc house (and it has worked for at least one other dwarf/small octo) is to find a cluster of giant purple barnacles (no varnish!). Set the cluster so that an octo sized opening is about 1/3 of the way up the tank (I have both embedded small clusters and used larger ones that meet this height suggestion). Females seem to gravitate to them within 24 hours and stay denned. Males will move about but still use one or more much of the time.
 

West1

Blue Ring
Registered
Joined
Nov 19, 2016
Messages
34
Thx, I will look into one.

This QT tank is starting to look like a display tank:lol:

One other note and I will confirm when I hear from the owner.
I was told he was offered about 60 eggs of dwarf cuttlefish. I forget the specific species. If he gets them, he will have them in the Los Angeles/310 area if anyone is interested.
 

West1

Blue Ring
Registered
Joined
Nov 19, 2016
Messages
34
Quick Fix Filter Pics

*Covered the surrounding area with sponges.
*Ziplock bag between plastic and glass top. With ziplock bag going under the tops, place over the filter. *Creating a barrier for the overflow of the AC.
*Tightly placed tape around the filter so the tape overlaps (tape will not stick to the filter but will stick well amongst itself).
*placed a piece of tape over AC flow control just for peace of mind
Filter1.jpg
Filter2.jpg

I need to redo the inside of the filter as I do not like how I have it. I'll update when I buy the mesh screen.
 

sirreal

Vampyroteuthis
Registered
Joined
Oct 23, 2012
Messages
487
Congrats. Nice to see you found one. I am wondering if it is a merc? Being that your in socal. I am not the best at id'ing them and leave that to D. How long till the 29 is ready? The 10 is fine. I kept a merc in an 8 biocube. Thought I was doing that again when it turned out to be a vulgaris
 

West1

Blue Ring
Registered
Joined
Nov 19, 2016
Messages
34
Congrats. Nice to see you found one. I am wondering if it is a merc? Being that your in socal. I am not the best at id'ing them and leave that to D. How long till the 29 is ready? The 10 is fine. I kept a merc in an 8 biocube. Thought I was doing that again when it turned out to be a vulgaris


Hi and ty.
The 29 is still at the beginning stages of the cycle.
Ammonia 1ppm
Nitrite 0.00ppm
Nitrate 0.00ppm
It seems like my cycle is going very slow, it might not be ready this year which will be a bummer.
Not sure if it's a merc but im just assuming it is as it's the more common species of the pygmys.
 

sirreal

Vampyroteuthis
Registered
Joined
Oct 23, 2012
Messages
487
Do you have other systems going? I speed up by using rock out of other systems and replace it with fresh rock. Because I run 4 or more systems I have a 55g drum with rock cycling all the time. Have you added anything to get the cycle going? If you have some ammonia then I imagine you have.
 

West1

Blue Ring
Registered
Joined
Nov 19, 2016
Messages
34
I do not have any other systems running other than the seeded 10gl qt tank.

I started the biocube cycle with market shrimp and pure dryrock. The cycle will take a bit longer than I planned due to water evaporation. As my sump reaches low water levels, I add new saltwater. It seems I will need to add 5gls per week. I had an issue with my NanoBox card so the bc is not covered and it's just adding to more evaporation. I hope [email protected] NanoBox sends my replacement soon!
 

DWhatley

Kraken
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Sep 4, 2006
Messages
20,999
@West1, if you started with (hopefully) full saltwater, you want to add fresh, RO/DI water, not saltwater as the water evaporates. The salt does not evaporate with the water so by adding saltwater you are increasing the salinity. You still need to monitor for salt content though as salt creep will remove some of the salts.
 

West1

Blue Ring
Registered
Joined
Nov 19, 2016
Messages
34
@West1, if you started with (hopefully) full saltwater, you want to add fresh, RO/DI water, not saltwater as the water evaporates. The salt does not evaporate with the water so by adding saltwater you are increasing the salinity. You still need to monitor for salt content though as salt creep will remove some of the salts.

Interesting. I topoff with saltwater. I do not have a seperate reservoir for an auto topoff so I mix a fresh batch of salt as needed. I do test my salinity everytime I need to refill biocube.
As long as my salinity in the tank does not go up, im doing it correct right?
 

Latest Posts


Top