My First Octopus

mtlarsen

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I have received my new octopus. I was told it is a Briareus, but have not confirmed that yet. I started acclimation at 8:40am this morning. I took a few pictures, but I am trying to keep the octopus comfortable so I have all the lights off in the house. I used a flashlight app on my droid x to get some light.
 

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mtlarsen

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Still working on acclimating the octopus. The PH in the bag is 7.4 and I'm still trying to get it up to 8.2. It's getting close to two hours.
 

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Ok I made the decision since the ammonia level was high to end the acclimation process at two hours. Here is a photo of him/her in the aquarium. Anyone that can identify what type of octopus I have I would appreciate it.
 

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Great looking octopus! I'm not sure if that is a Briareus. It looks like it has purple around the suckers. does it?
 

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During acclimation I did see some purple coloration around the suckers. So he/she looks healthy! I'm a nervous wreck right now. It had a pale blue coloration during acclimation when it wasn't changing to a darker brown and squirting me. I tried to be as non invasive as possible but it appears that I caused a reaction a few times.
 

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I'm gonna have to say no on Briareus my next best guess would be hummelincki or vulgaris, as these are the two spcies in FL that display the purple suckers. or Briareus they are white.
 

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The sucker themselves or the the area around the suckers? I'm not sure either at the moment. I can't get a good look to see the webbing. If its a hummelincki a mantle size of 2.5 inches would make it almost full grown wouldn't it? If it is a Vulgaris I'm at a loss.
 

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If its hummelincki then it is full grown or close to it. If it is vulgaris then it has a long way to go. The briareus has a completely white underside, where as the Vulg and Hummel you will see it mostly white but with purple trim. LOL, that is the best i can describe it.

Also the briareus has long arms compared to the Hummel and Vulgaris.

How long are the arms on your guy.
 

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