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Jason's Blue Ring

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I'm fortunate to keep several Octopus, in seperate aquariums. I had a spare aquarium since my hatchling O.bimaculoides moved to a larger tank. I thought a Blue Ring would be nice, and a bit of a challange.
Some may have strong views on if these should be kept or not.
I feel it is up do the induvidual, but these are not for the casual Octopus keeper. I gained much experience before deciding to try this species.

They may not look it, but these are DANGEROUS animals. Anyone considering keeping one should be well aware of the what might happen should someone be bitten. :grad:
 

cthulhu77

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Pretty little octo! I have kept several, and enjoyed watching and learning from them! Yes, it is true that they are dangerous...I also keep vipers and other toxic critters, and respect is the key!
Good luck with the ceph...they are fascinating!
Greg
 

corw314

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What a beautiful animal! Too bad their soooo toxic. What size tank do you have her in? Name yet?

How big is she?

Carol
 
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Yes it is pretty smart. My Blue Ring which is most likely H. lunulata is in a 70 litre aquarium. This is a bit small for a marine aquarium, but fine for a Blue Ring as they don't grow very big. It is decorated with 10kg of live rock and filtered with a small mechanical filter and a large protein skimmer.
It seems to have been named Bob. It has a mantle the size of a small grape and the arms are shorter than most Octopus, I would say they are 5-6 cm.

J Scott
 
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There has been some discussion if Blue Ring's ink or even have an in sac.
The answer to these questions is yes. I caught mine of guard, it jetted across the aquarium leaving a tiny puff of ink. This was so small it dissipated within a few seconds. It was a very light tan, almost Yellow in colour.

J Scott
 

Gayla

Blue Ring
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Jason,
8) Beautiful picture - thanks! I saw one years ago at the New England aquarium and was so impressed by its beauty. What is its activity pattern like? Does it use a shelter?
Thanks,
Gayla
 
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The few Blue Ring's I have seen in public aquariums have normally been pretty inactive.
I have only had the Blue Ring a couple of weeks, so behaviour may not yet be normal. Since I have kept it spends most of the day stuck on the front glass despite there being plenty of live rock. About 20:00 it becomes more active, but does not hunt for food. It already appears to know that I will feed it (with a set of tongs!) most evenings. Around 22:00 it often explores some of the rock, but does not make speculative attacks like many Octopus do.
Unlike all the other Octopus I have kept, the tips of it's arms seem to be constantly moving. I would normally be concerned, but this appears to be normal in my Blue Ring.

J.Scott
 

Invazn

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are blue rings legal in united states as captives? if so where can i get one? can you have 2 together?
also anyone know where to get pirahnas?
 

Colin

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Hi, welcome to TONMO.com

yes so far they are legal but please use the search engine on this site to find out details on Blue Rings... It is quite a debate and there are a lot of opinions, make sure that you are familiar with all aspects BEFORE taking the plunge for a BRO

Piranha are easily available for sale but they are not the exciting blood bath that people expect. in many ways a goldfish is more rewarding!

Colin
 
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