Izzy and Bee - O.Mercatoris

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Type: O.Mecratoris
From: Caught by shrimpers using drag nets off the florida coast.
size: 1" mantle 2" arms

Well I ordered two O. Mercatoris from Tom's Caribbean Tropicals. As Tom has to pass by my house every Monday evening I had the opportunity to meet him briefly, at a near by shopping center, and collect my two new buddies from him. I'm not sure what was more exciting meeting Tom or getting my new pets. Lets face it he took the hobby we all love, turned it into a career and apparently is having a great time doing it. I'm Jealous! So anyway we exchanged a few quick words and I was on my way with Izzy and 'B' I rushed as delicately as possible back to the house and began the drip.
 

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Both are in a bucket being drip acclimated right now. there pH is 7.7 and the tank is 8.2.

They were both very dark when they were in my truck but right now they are both much lighter.

They are in a 5 gallon bucket one inside a breeder net the other on the loose. they are both balled up in standard defensive position, in a ball with one arm across there face. hey seem very calm. I have everything pretty dark so pics are hard right now but I am getting some.

back in a few.....
 

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You could at least describe them in more detail while you watching TV and eating bon-bons while they acclimate:wink:. I really want to know if these are mercs or joubini :hmm: Be sure you take a few pictures before you put them in the tank because you may not see them at all for about 2 weeks. Others have been luckier but that has been my experience, fortunately, Sleazy took the barnacle den after that period (I think it was only in there a week though) and can be seen at any time. She does not even bother with a door much now and grabs her food quickly but we never see her out of the den. Miss Broody (captive raised daughter of Trapper) was the same way.
 

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still dripping, but we are almost there....
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Whew! Thanks! Mercs they are. The little star pattern on the eye, the red color and marbled markings and the quick tapering arms (in addition to the FL location) are all in-line with the species. The arms up between the eyes is also typical but I have seen Maya (hummelincki) do this while she was brooding.
 

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55 gallon tank? You will never see them!

If you don't have some of the giant purple barnacles in there, I highly recommend getting a couple of groupings and placing them about an octo arms length off the substrate and leaving some small, light weight shells near by. Place the barnacles so you can look into most of them and so that the back end is slightly tipped upward for the most desired (viewable) shells. They don't have to be large clusters and I have Sleazy's wedged sandwiched between the LR.

mutter, mutter, 55 gallon tank, mutter mutter. Actually, Trapper (as well as three of her children and one errant grandchild that FINALLY was captured and moved to a smaller tank) was in a 45 so you probably will be OK if you will put some barnacles in there. Without the barnacles (something similar may work but I have had 100% success with the barnacles, even though they are NOT native to the keys - or even the Atlantic/Caribbean I think) finding these guys will take hours.

Was Tom driving the vet?:sagrin:
 

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