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A little about myself, I manage about a total of a thousand gallons of saltwater tanks with fish and coral. I set my first saltwater tank up in 1980 and have loved the hobby ever since then. I have never had an octopus until 4 months ago when a buddy of mine went diving off the coast of SC. and brought up a nice conk shell, little did he know until on the way back there was an octopus in it. He brought it to me to try keep alive. She has been happly eating 2 fiddler crabs a day and doing great. I say SHE because this evening at closing I got to see the birth of three babies! I looked in the barnikle, there are more eggs in it. I cut the lights off as I do every night not to distrub her. Can't wait to open in the morning to see what went on during the night. Taking the camera in the morning!!!
 

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Do you know what species she is? If the babies are large enough to see, she's probably a large-egged species. In SC I'd think a mercatoris is a possibility. In any case, keep us informed and pictures would be great. Dwhatley and currently gholland have been raising baby mercs and their experiences may be of some value, Dwhatley's "Trapper's babies" threads in particular.
 
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:baby: hey, went in this morning and before i cut the main lights on looked in the octo tank for the babies got to count 27 before they started scrambling for the rocks. they are about a quater inch long and very active!! any suggestions on care would be VERY WELCOMED. WILL TRY to get photos.
 

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the reef shop;112202 said:
THANK YOU. I have noticed there are alot of mysis and pods in the tank. can i add some live brine shrimp also?

Only for a treat, they're no good as a staple diet!

Photo's??? please???????


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If they're that big already I'm leaning toward briareus. I don't think it would be far-fetched to find them that far north, although I've never heard of such. It would be nice to find another large-egged species to add to the currently rather slim variety of potential tank-bred octos.

According to this picture on cephbase the O. briareus babies are approximately 1 inch at hatching.
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Not sure what kind of octo she is? She will come out alot when the lights are out, there is enough back light in the shop that i can still see her. that is why i looked for the babies this morning before i cut the maine lights on. I will try to get a photo of her and the babies and i hope you can ID her for me. Since the babies she won't come out and has not touched a single fiddler crab, she was eating 2 a day.
 

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