Merkury - O.briareus

Cerulean

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DWhatley;171257 said:
Cerulean, I did notice that you just turned GREEN though :biggrin2:

Yes, yes. I thought it was the least I could do for the promotion of this great community. :smile:

Quick question:

I will be putting her into the 90 gallon which has about 75lbs of LR and using a canister filter rated for a 75g tank. I think with the natural filtration and the mechanica filter, I will be fine, but I really hate to put a Koralia in the tank for fear she will lose an arm or two. Do you think the water volume fortified with the canister only will be enough, or should I run some other form of oxygen creating set up?

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Lmecher;171442 said:
Your protien skimmer should add all the oxygen you'll need.
I along with several other members use koralias in our octopus tanks and consider them the safest type to keep in the tank.


Thanks.

I ended up forgoing the use of the canister for now. She is in her new habitat with the overflow and the sump to which I added carbon and two air stones. I don't have a skimmer on this tank--but know I need to get one. I will add it soon.

Sorry D, but I did not get a chance to video as she jumped onto the carpet, inked, and pretty much made her own choices on the tank swap.
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She is safe and sound in the 90 now though and seems to be hiding out in a perfect little cave I made for her. Perhaps in a day or two, she will get used to her surroundings and come back out.
 

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Darn, that would have been an impressive video and a good visual on what kind of container NOT to use. If you don't mind, describe what you did use for the overly exciting transfer. Also describe how you coaxed Merkury into the container and the ease or difficulty of getting him to cooperate. Just as I pointed you to journals of successful transfers, it is helpful to have info on ones that give keepers heart attacks.

I fully agree with LMecher on the Koralias. I have a video of KaySoh using the Koralia to help her shed her sucker skin and another of Cassy playing in the current when I upgraded hers to a larger unit. We don't have any scientific comments on the need for current but there are tons of reports of octopuses preferring to be near it (I have wondered if it helps their breathing but it may be something like a massage). I was please to see that the newer models have a much better cover arrangement and are a bit more difficult to get into but, as Linda mentioned, they seem to be the safest flow devices we are aware of for octopuses. I do keep mine sort of half buried in the LR and try to position them to help clean inaccessible areas.
 

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The transfer was really not that bad.

As for equipment, I used a 4 gallon plastic bucket from Jason's Deli, and (attempted to use ) an air line tubing drip controlled by a valve.

All I had to do to get her into the bucket was pick up the live rock she was hiding in and dip it into the bucket full of tank water. She immediately started exploring the bucket and slid out the top onto the carpet. I was able to scoop her back up and place her back into the bucket where she stayed (learning) until I saw how fouled the water was and transferred her into the tank. Water parameters between the two tanks were very similar. It was trickier to get her out of the bucket than in as she was stuck to the side/bottom and I was afraid I was going to injure her with the net, so I just poured all the water out and then tipped her over the tank where she promptly slid right in.

I will turn my Koralia back on as the holes really are small now that I look at them.
 

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So tonight, a guest in our home told me that she was watching Merkury's tank and she "expelled" a white cloudy liquid. I questioned her regarding octo ink, and she did not describe anything I have ever seen. She said it jetted out of the under side of her body.

any thoughts on this?

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Waste (I am pretty sure anyway). I am not sure what foods or why but I have seen this with several octos (sort of a milky white cloud). Now that you mention it though, I have not seen my briareus do this but it was common with my older O. hummelinckis. If I remember the discussions, it seem to occur more with shrimp than with crabs. I'll take a quick Google scan to see if I can come up with the discussion but it was several years ago and I may not be able to find it.

Here is a more recent reference (go backwards to see where Linda saw the cloud) but I have the food reversed from what I remembered :old:

OK, found the discussion I was looking for in Octane's thread (my first O. hummelincki)
 

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I concur, it sounds like waste, however with my guys I see the "cloud" more when I feed crabs, with shrimp I see stringy waste that is white to orange/red.....anyone hungry? LOL
 

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I edited my first note and reversed the food after finding the old discussions, it was crab and not shrimp that seemed to produce the white waste in O.hummelincki.
 
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Octopuses use the ink in concentrated form (along with mucus) to bind waste together, hence the red-brown color. But apparently it depends upon the diet, as you saw -- and perhaps some sorts of food go through them rather more quickly. Or the poor creature is feeling a bit ... under a cloud.
 

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