New Aculeatus!!!

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Aculeatus
Mantle: about 1.5-2in
Arms: 7-8in? (only got a quick look
Acclimation time:1hr
pH(shiping water): 7.5-7.6

Ok so I got another octo from live aquaria and noticed at once that this octo was much healthier! He was much bigger and was very calm and curious throughout acclimation. He wasn't breathing heavy and was not curling his arms like the last one. He actually popped up a couple times to the top to get a look at me! I fed him some thawed shrimp and could feel how strong he/she was!(later I discovered that he didn't really get to eat the shrimp because I soon moved him into my tank)

I had a bit of trouble transferring him from the bag to the tank and in the end I had to coax him out with my hand. I didn't need to touch him because he seemed to get what was going on pretty fast and quickly got out. I never got to see the transition, I would look away for a second and then he would be a different color.

I noticed the color changing for the first time! My last octo didn't ever change color, however this guy changed colors several times! In the bag he was a nondescript light brown, then he turned a dark brown/speckled white while in the early stages of transferring him, the a solid white (:bugout: danger color!! luckily it was only for a second) and then a solid dark brown when he finally got out of the bag.

Anyway he is scoping out the hiding spots as we speak (also different from the other octo which went right to the top) with the light off. I have a pepperment shrimp in there if he gets hungry. Im pretty sure he's good and will be alive and well in the morning! I didn't get many pics, but I will when I can! He seems to be full grown, but he is changed colors very fast and frequently so I think he still has a little while. I read that octos don't change as much as they get old. Another note is that he seems very curious and went about exploring the new surroundings instead of hiding. I might have to take that into account when coming up with a name... Anyway one more to put on the list D!:biggrin2:
 

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oh, one more thing. My pH in the tank was a little low, it should be around 8.4 right? I think I'll just go to the store and get some buffer..
 
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How are you testing your pH? Before you run off and put buffer in your system, make sure that you have an accurate pH test... Also, how long have you had your tank up and running?
 

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Im actually thinking that its a she, since she isn't curling her 3rd arm constantly. I'm using a drop and match color test. Its weird because I've had my tank at 8.2 pretty consistently since I set it up. Its been set up since july 18.

Thanks Lmecher they are so cool! good to see another chicagoan too!!
 

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Your pH can vary during the day, falling lower at night when the lights are off.

If your octopus seems OK, that's a good sign. Aim for 8.2-8.4.

Nancy
 

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Whatever you do, don't go chucking a bunch of buffer in the tank. If you monitor it for a few days and it is staying low, you may want to mix some to your top off water and slowly bring it up. I have to continually buffer my water so everything coming from the RO unit gets buffer a day or more before it goes into the tank. If you need it, I recommend SeaChem's Reef buffer and to avoid the similarly named buffer by Kent. Others may have different observations for their water but I have found the Kent buffer falls out of solution (if it ever goes into solution) badly and mucks up my pumps much worse than the Seachem.
 

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Ok well she is settling in very nicely! :biggrin2: She came out all next morning and did some wonderful color changing! My dad came in to look at her and she retreated back to a rock before crawling slowly back to check him out. Having decided that he was ok she went back to the glass!:lol:

My shrimp is gone, she was hungry and the first thing I noticed was what was left of him! I gave her some thawed shrimp, which she grabbed and settled down to eat for about 20 min. Then she moved to her den and left the shrimp outside. It didn't like she ate any of it, but she had it in her mantle for a while. Maybe she did, I gave her a piece about the size of her mantle. She didn't come out of her den for the rest of the day, but I noticed that she blew out all the sand in her den for more room and she also blocked up an entrance she didn't like!

Whats the feeding rule of thumb, 1/2 mantle size per day?

anyway I'm going to get some pvp pipe for some tunnels and some legos for her to play with. Here are some photos, sorry for the quality!
 

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