[Octopus]: KaySoh - O. briareus

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Acclimation time: 3 hours
Arrival packaging
PH: < 7
Nitrite: < .05
Nitrate: 10 ppm
Specific Gravity: 1.021

With the low PH I took 3 full hour to acclimate her (I think) using a turkey baster as a water adding measure and keeping an air stone in the acclimation chamber.

I wrote Tom before SueNami died and asked to be put on any list (or start one) for the next baby briareus. He replied that babies were not likely until spring but for me to watch the website as he expected some in the coming week or two. GHolland caught the availabilty announcement and I contacted Tom after SunNami's death. He had a small one available and I put my name on it :cool2:.

I also had him send me as many live bait shrimp as would fit in the package without increasing the shipping. I knew there was a chance some or all of the shrimp would not make the trip but that they would likely be OK to freeze. Tom could only get 6 shrimp to fit and 5 arrived alive with the 6th having no smell was offered to and accepted by KaySoh near the end of her acclimation (I prefer to feed before release). When I looked at the shrimp acclimating on the stove, I had to take a picture as it struck me as funny - not your normal shrimp dinner.

KaySoh (I guess I should explain that Neal named her after the Spanish word for cheese because we tend to mispronounce briareus as brie air us :wink:) acted much like SueNami and would not come out of the critter keeper (SueNami had to be removed from the bag as he was too large for the critter keeper) when put in the water. I finally tipped the container up toward the dark wall and she voluntarily exited, went to the wall and then slid down into the LR.

We did not expect to see her again for a few days and were pleasantly surprised when she started peeking out of the LR while our neighbors were visiting and sitting on the love seat directly in front of the tank. She has not come completely out of from her protection but she has been active behind the rock, visible most of the evening and put an arm through the cross over tube once. There is a live shrimp and a crab on the other side when she decides to go hunting and gauging from her demeanor, she is likely to find them tonight.
 

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Nothing interesting to report on Kaysoh. She is pretty much acting like a normal young octo and not being seen. She does seem to know when we are going to feed the tanks because she comes out from under her rock but still stays to the back of the rock cave in the dark. She will take frozen shrimp but only if we poke it down into the hole. We are using SueNami's plastic ice cube with zip tie to feed thawed shrimp but there are live ones in the tank if she wants to hunt at night.

This week is the first time I have seen fiddler shed. I found an empty shell two days ago and then another yesterday AM. Since I knew the shed was really new I investigated the container and found the soft shelled fiddler. She was having a difficult time manuvering and was floating in the 1.5 of water in the little tank. I think fiddlers are herbivores and don't seem to bother each other but I put it in a separate container overnight.

I am also experimenting with isolating a female with eggs. I often see females with eggs but have started feeding them when the eggs show because they die shortly after I notice the eggs. This one I put in a small, dark container by herself to see if it makes any difference. I think I may need to raise the water level in the container as I believe they may lay their eggs in the water rather than on land.
 

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Kaysoh came much closer to the front of her cave tonight to take her second helping of shrimp. After she secured the shrimp Neal offered a finger at the top of the tank and she reached up and touched, no pulling, just a curious touch. I think we are making progress!!! :biggrin2:
 

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Only the acclimation ones as she still does not come out from her cave. She is getting a tiny bit bolder now but it will still be awhile before I will be able to photograph her. We got to see eyes and mantle at feeding time this weekend albeit, still in her cave, so we are making progress.
 

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This behavior exactly like what I have experienced. I look forward to reading more as it gives me something to compare Caligula's progress with.
 

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