Ollie - New O. briareus

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My new O. briareus from Tomscaribbean just arrived. I counted 7 arms, 2 of which seem to be missing the tips otherwise seems in good shape. Mantle is appx. 1 1/2 inches. Wow this guy is much larger than my last one. I have it floating in the tank to temp acclimate. I need to do a few tests on the water it came in now, looks pretty clean. I will post photos when I can get to it. So far so good :smile:
 
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PH is so low, it is off the scale, well below 7.8. I hope this isn't going to cause any major problems, is this common? Anyone ever had a similar situation? Is there anything special I should be doing here?
 

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You will very often see 6-6.4 PH in shipping water, especially when it is cool/cold. The guys in FL don't need to buffer their water and that is about the only thing that would prevent the sever shipping drop. On the other hand, shipping when the weather is cool is far better on the animals than when it is hot and what you are seeing is normal and why it takes so long to acclimate them.

Good size on the octo, Tom did good :smile:. After I talked to him and mentioned the website, he did join and add us as a link for more information so hopefully he will check in on us occassionally.

One of the interesting things about missing arms is to watch them grow back. I have guestimated about an inch a month but it would be nice if others would try to estimate new growth to see if this is a good general guess. I watched a video on a GPO in an aquarium last night and the aquarium guide mentioned that the GPO had difficulty regenerating its arms in captivity. I had never heard this before and wonder if it is really the case or if they expect faster regeneration in the wild than what we see in an aquarium (or if the GPO is more sensative to a captive environment).

Anxiously awaiting pictures :wink:
 
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dwhatley;146431 said:
You will very often see 6-6.4 PH in shipping water, especially when it is cool/cold. The guys in FL don't need to buffer their water and that is about the only thing that would prevent the sever shipping drop. On the other hand, shipping when the weather is cool is far better on the animals than when it is hot and what you are seeing is normal and why it takes so long to acclimate them.

Good size on the octo, Tom did good :smile:. After I talked to him and mentioned the website, he did join and add us as a link for more information so hopefully he will check in on us occassionally.

One of the interesting things about missing arms is to watch them grow back. I have guestimated about an inch a month but it would be nice if others would try to estimate new growth to see if this is a good general guess. I watched a video on a GPO in an aquarium last night and the aquarium guide mentioned that the GPO had difficulty regenerating its arms in captivity. I had never heard this before and wonder if it is really the case or if they expect faster regeneration in the wild than what we see in an aquarium (or if the GPO is more sensative to a captive environment).

Anxiously awaiting pictures :wink:

Sorry, I am feeling kind of stupid here what is GPO?
 
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Ooooh, got ya.

I have pictures...

Immediately after opening bag~
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Floating in tank~
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Just as a fun asside. Look closely at the next to last photo and note the dark area almost to the back of the mantle. Then go to the first shot and note the same dark area on the other side. These are the locations of the two gill hearts. They are often visible in the more translucent animals (quite clear in the mercs most of the time) but often not visible in the ones that don't show the white coloration much (like hummelincki).

If he is still in the bag, you might put a ruler in the photo.
 

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Don't be surprised if it does not want out of the bag. If you have a critter keeper or even a jar, I would suggest trying to encourage it into that while in the acclimation bucket (usually pretty easy, especially if you have something opaque). Bags are very difficult with pressure on the outside and my attempt to use one with SueNami was very stressful to both of us. For whatever reason, the briareus does not seem to come out of whatever it is in when you introduce it for quite some time (based on others in addition to my own). If you can face the opening toward the LR, it seems to help a little.
 

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