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My Visit and Tour of OctoPets

Black96WS6

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Hi, uh...again :wink:

I figured if anyone could appreciate this information, everyone on this site would, so, here goes *large exhale* :oops:

I went to OctoPets after work yesterday. I met Jim, he's a very nice guy. He gave me a guided tour of all of OctoPets. I don't know where to begin and will probably forget something, so bare with me.

I was there to get an Octopus, as the tank is sufficiently mature and the other invertebrates (hermit crabs, shrimp, anemones, copepods, mini-stars, etc,) are doing fine and the ammonia, nitrite, etc, has been at 0 for awhile now. I didn't bring my camera, but I should have.

First, I saw the large cylindrical octopus holding tanks, as well as the long vertical shallow egg hatching tanks. It was very cool!

Jim also showed me the red ball and amphipods he's aqua culturing in separate large tanks. OctoPets is literally right on a saltwater lagoon, and, just past the main road, is the beach and ocean.

He then took me into a locked smaller room where there were clear acrylic tanks housing seahorses! He showed me babies just born (they were about the size of large brine shrimp!), they were so cute just cruising around. Then he showed me larger and larger ones in separate tanks until we got to the full size ones which are currently for sale. I've never seen baby seahorses, or seahorses that small in my life, it was amazing.

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Black96WS6

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Then Jim took me into another small building which housed hundreds of cuttlefish eggs! It's hard to describe them, they were black and small and looked like little pieces of bulbous seaweed! I can't think of another way to describe them.

Ok, now for the best part. Jim currently is waiting for the next egg batch to hatch before he can send out octopuses to those that are waiting. I had previously talked with him about getting an older octo from the brood stock. He took me to a large round tank (you could fit multiple people in it standing up). On the bottom were various pieces and sizes of PVC pipe. Jim picked one up, looked inside, and said "nope, too big, you'll want a smaller one" and put it back. He then picked up another piece of PVC and said, "this guy looks good". He then turned it vertical and gently tapped on it and out came Thomas (my name for him) into a plastic bowl with seawater Jim had ready :biggrin2:. Thomas, about 2-3 months old, looked bewildered, but did not ink or attempt to climb out of the small plastic bowl. Jim also mentioned the brood stock were not used to people like the hatchlings.

We walked over, past some smaller tanks of clams and saltwater guppies, and Jim put Thomas into a large plastic bag, double-bagged it, and filled it with oxygen. He then showed me all the crabs that naturally exist in the area, and was able to move some boxes and capture a few that he put in a separate bag for some additional live food for Thomas. I then thanked Jim, paid him, and drove home happy as a clam...err...octopus :biggrin2:

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Black96WS6

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I got Thomas home, he didn't ink and flashed colors at me many times. I took a couple photos, one of the tank and one of Thomas. They didn't come out very well, so sorry for the low quality images. I turned the flash off so as not to startle him. In a couple weeks after he's settled in I will get some better shots.

Thomas's tank, consisting of live rock, and various other items (yes, that is a hamster tunnel loop, a pink pottery vase, white pvc pipe, and a pirate chest):



And here's Thomas!:



Another thing I noticed, as soon as I put the octopus in the tank, there was a marked change in the behavior of the hermit crabs and shrimp in the tank. Even though most didn't actually see the octopus, they all did the same thing. Whereas before the crabs would be crawling all over the live rock, and the shrimp would be hiding in the back, now, the crabs are huddled together with the shrimp at the front of the tank (as far away from the octopus as possible, who is in the back), and the crabs are barely peeking out of their shells. Somehow, they must sense that he's in there with them. I almost feel sorry for them, kind of like how we might feel being trapped in a house knowing there's an alien from the movie Alien, Aliens, etc, in here somewhere :shock:

Thomas came out this morning cruising around. I couldn't get my camera in time, but was able to snap a pic of the scared inhabitants! Here's a pic of them all huddling together:

 

corw314

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Wow!! Great update!!! Wish I lived closer to Octopets, cause I'd be there now!!! And welcome to Thomas!! Hope you have a long and happy encounter with him!!!

Carol
 

Black96WS6

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Thanks everyone :smile:

Clownfish, they are located in a suburb of San Diego called Carlsbad, about 30 minutes North of downtown San Diego.
 

erich orser

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I was wondering that one as well. There aren't a lot of saltwater lagoons left here in S. California, so I was figuring it was down that way.
 

joel_ang

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Thanks for sharing with us! It was real nice reading that and now i really wanna go there :smile: . Too bad it's not a possibility. By the way, were there any cuttles there?
 

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