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New with babies! Crazy right?

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Hello,

My name is Amy and I am not new to saltwater, but definitely new to cephs.

Wasn't sure where to post this, please move if needed.

Anyway, by the luck of where I live, I have recieved 4 baby O. Briareus from Dwhatley. :notworth: (I am sure you have seen her thread)

I just heard of the oppurtunity last nite and after a very limited amount of research, :read: here is what I came up with.

It may sound strange, but raising these guys, seems to be an experimental tasks, and you never know what might work.


I took a 10g tank, added a sponge filter, a cheesy little freshwater carbon and floss filter(right corner in pic), a 3 inch airstone, and a small heater. I put netting over the output lines on both filters to keep the octo's from getting in there.

Next I added a 1g round glass goldfish bowl with a small airstone.

Then I stole some water from my 125g and topped it off with fresh saltwater. Added some lie rock and sand from my 20g and some chaeto(hopefully full of pods) from refugium. I split all this between both tanks.

Then I hung a clamp light about 2-3 ft above the tanks and put a 25w red bulb in there!

Pics to help explain.
 

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Ok, tonite I picked the 4 cute little ones up from D. (she is very helpful and kind and has more tanks than I do. lol)

Brought a styrofoam bait bucket with a battery powered bubbler. D mentoined styrofoam was a bad idea cuz they would be more difficult to remove. (I didn't think of that, newb :lol:)

Well, she put them in anyway and after an hour or so of talking tanks, I took them home.
They seem to have made the trip ok. Our parameters were pretty close, but I drip acclimatd them for about an hour, just to be safe. Then moved them with a turkey baster.

I put 1 in the 1g tank and 3 in the 10g.

I turned all the lights off(except the red one) in the hopes that they will settle in without too much stress.

Now, I am posting this while I give them time to settle in, then I will try to feed them.

I am going to try some frozen cyclopeeze and mysis soaked in vitamin enrichment and garlic.

Anyway, pics before I put them in. My camera wont pick them up in the red light. I will try to get more pics in the am.
 

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Welcome! I've moved your thread to the "Raising Octopus from Eggs" forum -- it's both an introduction and an octopus care discussion, but more heavily weighted to the latter -- thanks for posting your pics!!
 
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tonmo;156496 said:
Welcome! I've moved your thread to the "Raising Octopus from Eggs" forum -- it's both an introduction and an octopus care discussion, but more heavily weighted to the latter -- thanks for posting your pics!!
lol For some reason I didn't notice that forum. Oops! Thank you for moving it!

snowmaker;156498 said:
Good luck Amy.
Keep us posted. :smile:
Thank you!

Fed them a little last night and again this morning. If I can see them, I try to direct the food toward them with the pipette. Last night I am pretty sure I saw one grab a mysis. Other than that idk if they are eating. Hope so.

Going to do a water change this morning. I figure the 10g actually has only about 5g in there. Going to do 1/2g w/c on it and about a cup or so on the 1g. Will do this once a day to start and adjust as needed with test results!
 

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Hello Amy. I will be watching your thread close. I too and from ARC and should be getting a couple of the babies from D. Look forward to doing this!

Susann
 
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Fingers crossed! The pics are awesome, but don't compare to seeing them in person! They are sooo cute! I love them already and am hoping that at least one survives!

ayveq;156511 said:
Hello Amy. I will be watching your thread close. I too and from ARC and should be getting a couple of the babies from D. Look forward to doing this!

Susann
 
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sk252006;156521 said:
I am very excited for you. Welcome to the ceph obsession! I look forward to seeing your progress.
Thanks! I'm just hoping there is some progress!

Lmecher;156523 said:
Hi Amy, congratulations and :welcome: to the wonderful world of octopus keeping.
I can't wait to see and hear more. :biggrin2:
Hey girl,

I got all excited when I saw your post on D's thread. Happy to see you here. Also, saw your thread on El Diablo. What a great name for an awesome octopus!


It took me awhile, but I managed to get about 30 or so pods out of my fuge today. Put most in the 10g and a few in the 1g. Hope they find and eat them! Saw one this morning when I fed them, but I think I scared it with the pipette. Haven't seen them since. I hope they will come out tonite.

Also, I am expecting my Clownfish eggs to hatch tonite. I hate to do it, but I am gonna put the larva in for possible octo food! I am trying to decide whether to put a few in at a time, or put them all in there. I just don't want an ammonia spike if the clown babies star dieng.

Also, I think I am going to go ahead and throw some rotifers in there. I don't think the octo's will eat them, but they might, and I will have to add them anyway to keep the clown babies fed.

Any opinions or advice on any of this is welcome! Thanks, Amy
 

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