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My Blue Ring =)...

Jill

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Hi, I am a new member and I was reading this series of posts about blue rings. I have recently been given a blue ring for my home tank. I am encouraged by tjw13's posts. Similar to Molly, my girl is all over the tank night and day, active as can be. I have never seen such activity from an octopus before. She is in an all encompassing 5 gallon eclipse tank, with a few pieces of live rock and sand. I have a species of Caulerpa happily growing and a few grazers. I have had her for almost two months. She is feed every other day a tiny shore crab, which she goobles up immediately.

I would like to hear some more of your care stories if you get a chance.
These are such fascinating creatures.

I have included a photo.
 

tonmo

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Wow Jill! That certainly is a good-looking octopus you have there. Thanks for sharing!

I definitely encourage discussion on this topic, but just want to reiterate the columns Colin referenced in his earlier post, since it really should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in blue rings:

http://is.dal.ca/~ceph/TCP/bluering1.html by Dr Roy Caldwell
http://is.dal.ca/~ceph/TCP/octobite.html by Roland C. Anderson
 

Colin

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Hi Jill
Thats is a nice looker! :smile:

i hope that you can share some more facts and stories about your octo over time. Tell us more.....

PS remember to add your octopus to our database when you get the chance 8)

cheers
Colin
 

tjw13

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Care tips =)...

Sounds like you have taken very similar steps. I wonder if the noise, or lack therof in an Eclipse tank has anything to do with the activity we both experience/d? At any rate I am sorry to say I can't offer any new tips, and it seems as if she already has a taste for shore crabs and I think getting them to eat is half the battle. I am jealous Jill :P I have not found anything close to Molly in the past year. Enjoy her while she is with you and take lots of pics :biggrin2: . Regards. Tim
 

ahel

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Death

if you did get bit........


A) would you feel the bite????


B) would the death be very painful???


I am just curious, is it possible to make it to the hospital and get anti-venom shots??? can you buy AV kits for your home just like for snakes???
 

tjw13

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A bite would be... bad =(

As far as I have heard the bite is often times minute and rarely even felt. I would imagine the death to be very much like suffocating, as the toxin shuts down the respiritory system of the victim (NOT fun I'd think lol), and then paralyzes you. At any rate I believe the only procedure in the U.S. for treatment is CPR and breathing apparati. I also have heard that you have only a matter of minutes and that it starts with numbness in your hands. Perhaps the scariest part is that you remain fully lucid (i.e. until you pass out and die your brain, vision, and hearing work fine). On a lighter note I have also heard that Blue Ring's can deliver less lethal doses at their discretion if they are not trying to kill the victim. And on one final note these are not overtly aggressive animals and will probably only bite in the event that you poke, step on, or agitate them a bunch. As long as you know where they are and aren't silly/stupid, I would never imagine one hunting you down. :biggrin2:
 

Eric

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ACTIVE BLUE RINGED OCTOPUS

I agree with Jill. I have observed the activity level of the blue ring. It has been close to 10 years since I saw two live ones in a local pet store, and I was impressed by them. They did not strike me as shy in the least. I have had two octopi in the past, but never a blue ring. If I had been set up for them at the time I would not have hesitated to buy them. I had previously seen preserved specimens at Hawaiian Marine Imports in Houston, Texas back in the 70's. These were not for public sale. The level of danger of these creatures are to be respected. In the past I have had lion fish and leopard sharks and never suffered injuries from them. It is important to understand and respect the creatures that one keeps in captivity.
 
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Eric, were the 2 blue rings you saw at "Animal Jungle"?...just wondering because I'm originally from Virginia Beach and that's the only place I've ever seen carry octos.
 

reefan

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Is this true but I read somewere (forget were :?)if you get bit and put very hot water over the bite it will slow the affects.
And if anyone knows were some good pics are of Blue rings in captivity I would love to see them.
JJ
 
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