New Aculeatus(?) Journal - Octopus Prime!

DWhatley

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We have seen other reports like this, fine one day, dead the next normal water parms all acceptable. My thoughts may have no merit and no one else has stated what was place in the tank but I am hoping that future occurances will test the thought.
 

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dwhatley;119699 said:
We know he was not young (4.5 months in captivity but sexually immature on arrival) but he was eating well and did not show signs of stress beyond the first hour after acclimation (tank parms are zero on nitrites and ammonia, ph 83 but 30 on nitrates).

It is really interesting how much you saw him out at night, because usually he was always a Morning/day octo under my care (with frequent naps). it never really mattered how bright it was in the room and he would come out in response to activity. It could that there was a shift to brighter daytime lighting, since i only used a 30W flourescent on my tank, but perhaps you are right. I do, however remember that he tended to sleep all day and come out at night during my first few days with him too. It could be a reaction to shipping or stress, or it could be frantic senescence.

At any rate, the 30 PPM nitrates shouldnt have phased him too terribly. mine was usually around 20-25 during the last month of my tank. plus he was just coming from stale shipping water. I always had problems with my pH being a little low, (7.9-8.0) but the acclimation should have prevented shock from that. Everything was probably all out of whack anyway from the shipping.

I never realized how small Prime was compared to the average Aculeatus! I had estimated his mantle at about 2," and his arms fully extended at about 10" but i never took a ruler to them. Even so, i suppose for a full adult A.Aculeatus that's really small.
 

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I am wondering if OP was a Bali. I have yet to look up the octo but a little of what I read would fit - especially the size. He was so sweet that I am thinking about looking for one like him after I move Octane to his larger tank.

He was definitely acting nocturnal (there is another name for early morning/evening animals but I don't remember what Roy called it). The lighting in my living room is not bright during the day and I had even less lighting than you did on the tank (I kept Mercs in the tank before OP) so I don't think the lighting changed his habits.
 

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"Crepuscular" might be the word you're looking for?
 

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monty;119898 said:
"Crepuscular" might be the word you're looking for?

That's the word. I have not yet incorporated it into my vocabulary (in spite of intent) and I am still dealing with how to pronounce it.
 

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dwhatley;119903 said:
That's the word. I have not yet incorporated it into my vocabulary (in spite of intent) and I am still dealing with how to pronounce it.

Just replace the M in muscular with the crêpe French pancake, and you'll be fine.

It's one of my favorite words, actually, I think because I like those times of day, but also because it's such a peculiar word to have on hand...
 

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dwhatley;119893 said:
He was definitely acting nocturnal (there is another name for early morning/evening animals but I don't remember what Roy called it). The lighting in my living room is not bright during the day and I had even less lighting than you did on the tank (I kept Mercs in the tank before OP) so I don't think the lighting changed his habits.

He was definitely diurnal though while he was with me. like you saw, i recall that he acted more nocturnal than not for the first few days, but after he got settled in he was definitely an active-all-day, sleep-all-night kinda guy. He would go in and out of his Den during the day, but the naps were never really synced up with midday or anything like that. usually after a meal or a play sesh.
 

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I'm sorry to read of the loss of OP:angelpus:. Did you add anything new or different to the system before you added Octopus Prime? I almost lost my current octo due to accidental poisoning several times the symptoms seemed the same. All's well then in a mater of one to two hours lying limp on the bottom just breathing, luckily I found the culprit and solved the problem but it was trial and error:hmm: I'm happy she made it through:biggrin2:
 

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