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New Member From So Cal Here

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I just ran across your site last night, while researching the collosal squid on the net and am so happy that I found your site!

I have had three octopuses in my aquarium keeping experience and fully enjoyed having them.

When I started keeping them, this site, hell the internet, wasn't around for me and it was by trial and error and a lot of library and marine aquarium research trips that I learned what I did learn.

To see all of this information and even more than I could imagine in one place is beyond me and I am so happy to see this site up.

The last octopus that I had, had babies and that was quite an adventure.

I wish I had kept a proper journal, to prove what I had gone through, but alas I didn't.

I wrote to an aquarium magazine once, after they printed an article about the "top" octopus researcher known, who had been unable to keep any baby octopi longer than two weeks. I expressed that I had met or broken that record at home but never saw my letter published.

Since that time, I have been unable to really settle down enough to feel ready enough to start on octopus keeping again, but I think I will sooner now that I have found this site.

Since I am new here and haven't spent a lot of time looking through the archives yet, are there any successful breeders or baby octopus raisers out there? Would love to know what worked/works for you.

I have a theory that perhaps baby octopus eat off the dead mother, in the wild. Could that be possible?

Anyway, great site! I will be reading more and I hope to hear from more ceph phreaks!

Thanks,
Eric
 

Nancy

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Hi Eric and welcome to TONMO.com :welcome:

Glad to have you with us!

It must have been hard to try to keep an octopus before information was available. But when we started Ceph Care, we had trouble finding information, too.

Dana Point is one of the beautiful towns I've ever seen - what a nice place to live. I visited the area a few years ago. Dana Point had special significance because I had just finished reading Two Years Before the Mast.

Nancy
 

Steve O'Shea

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SanClementeEric said:
I have a theory that perhaps baby octopus eat off the dead mother, in the wild. Could that be possible?

:welcome: there Eric. The majority of baby octopus are planktonic, therefore well removed from the female's carcass, so it is unlikely that they feed upon it.

A lot of digestion in the earliest stages probably occurs across the mantle wall, so the secret is probably poor house cleaning rather than UV sterilisation and protein skimming, just for the first week anyway. A second secret is probably the old cylindrical tank, rather than the rectangular or square that the parent probably resided in.

We'll give a couple of these theories a test soon enough.
Cheers
Me
 

corw314

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:welcome: Interesting to read about your experiences trying to keep an octopus. How large did your babies get? What did you end up doing with them? Any pics?

Carol
 

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Welcome to Tonmo !!! Very interesting stuff you have seen...and I look forward to hearing more !
greg
 
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Wow! It's so unusual to have a new member who has already kept octos. There are a lot of newbies coming in who want to, but you're the first i remember (of course, I haven't been here that long) who has so much experience. :welcome:
 

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Eric, Welcome I am just south of you, and for the breeders, There is a place Called OctoPets at the Calsbad Power Plant, which breeds Bimacs, Which many of the users here keep, they probly supply 75% of all the octos here.
 

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tjohnson said:
and for the breeders, There is a place Called OctoPets at the Calsbad Power Plant

Ah, so that's why I see smokestacks when I put his address into Google Earth.

Dan
 

tjohnson

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Yep, the lagoon is Jims, however the powerplant which his land operation is located on, uses the water to cool there equipment, then they pump it right back out across the 101 to the beach, makes for very warm surfing! If you can stay over the outlet.
 

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