[Octopus]: Tranny - O. briareus

sirreal

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Tranny O Briareus

I got Tranny yesterday. I am really happy with him/her. I know it takes time to get used to his new home but he seems to be very happy allready. He came out this morning and was showing off in front of some customers. I guess I should give a little history. 4 months I set up a 90g tank In my waiting room at my transmission shop. About jan 12 I got an octo named octoguard. This was not my first octo. about 12 years ago I had a O vulgaris for about 14 months. He was so much fun. we played everyday. So I wanted to give that experince to my customers knowing that most people have never seen an octo in a tank up close and personal. I ordered a baby vulgaris and when he came on jan 12 it was tiny. I saw him for 3 days then didnt see him for more then a month. I thought I lost him and ordered another. well 2 days before I got tranny I found octoguard. He had not grown at all. I was confused because I know vulgaris grow very fast. So after a lot of reading and posting on this site we found out that octoguard was a merc and not going to grow or be out during the day. So I set up a 30 tall and cycled it to put octoguard in.

Well I got Tranny yesterday and he is allready out and dancing for my customers for about 2 hours this morning. I will get more pics of him as soon as I can. He is not the octo I wanted but I think I will be very happy with him. I know o Briareus can be nocternal but I am hoping he will not be to much. I also know it takes some time for him to be comfertable but he allready waves at me when I come up to the tank and get close to him. We will see and I will post every day or 2 about whats going on.
 

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sirreal;197161 said:
Now on to tranny. He cant be called an octo because he only has 5 arms. He is quit large so I am guessing he is an adult allready. I do love the colors he/she has. He is a nice white with a lot of blue. I will look for the 3rd arm being curled as soon as he is calm and happy. He aclimated well. I have read that some have had problems with getting them to come out of there bag. this was so nice and went so smooth. i cute the bag open and just opened the hole and about 5 seconds one arm came out then another untill he just slowly came out and slowly went to the bottom found a nice rock checked it out went under it and across the back. checking out everything. this was all with the light on. I put the top back on and set up the red lights and tuned the overhead lights off and he started coming out right away. I have several pics that I will post soon as they upload to the computer. I guess we can start another journal for tranny.

You said Tranny was large but your new little boy looks like a juvenile to me (this may well be the lack of perspective). I can't get a good size reference but the arms are still very thin (they get quite muscular if they don't become someone's supper). The skin looks pretty translucent and I don't see the typical adult "dent" that should be about 2/3 of the way toward the back of the mantle. Using a fruit as comparison, guestimate the mantle size from behind the eyes to the tip and include the girth when you guess. Missing arms have nothing to do with age. They grow back (more quickly in younger animals) but you can usually get an idea of age by the thickness of some of the arms at the base.

I made a definitive statement above and will lead you to water here. Tell me if you miss it or can't find the clue when you do see it.

Also, here is a link to Tatanka's journal. He was 4.5 months old in the photo (known age as he was tank hatched) and I would say they look about the same age (again, photos are hard to judge but this one looks quite young). This would be an excellent age of aquisition IMO as they are typically very, very shy up to about this age (my guess is sexual maturity starts the change from prey to predator).
 

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That's awesome! I'd love to see some pics. O.Briareus is the species I want to get. I've set up my tank and its been maturing for 5 months now. Just about ready for an octo. I currently have a flame scallop, two harlequin stars, a brittle star, a lettuce nudibranch, turbo snail, two ricordeas, a rock anemone and a condy anemone, (which I think may have to go, but cool to look at for now.) Any idea where I can get one? They seem to be pretty hard to come by.
 

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tickandbone,
you might start a, preparing to get an octo, thread in Octopus care for some suggestions on your tank occupants. As a quick note, the nudi and scallop will become octo food (maybe the snail but often not and you can add snails after the octo acclimates to food with general success with most of the common octos except O. vlugaris). Brittle and serpent stars are fine and make good clean-up crews. The rics and all anemone should be removed. In the wild, these are avoidable but not in a tank. O. briareus is especially notorious for not going around things and appears to be quite far sighted (I have several videos suggesting that they do not see well close up). In addition to direct touch stings, the disturbed animals will release stinging cells into the tank which can lead to infection as well as a less active animal. If it survives, the condy will get huge (love mine of several years but it is not in with the octos).
 

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Thanks for the info again. Sorry for posting in the wrong section again, haven't quite figured out this site yet. What would you recommend as other tank mates? Surprised about the ricordeas; they seem pretty dormant.

edit: Discussion continued here.
 

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Some where on this site there is a list of tank mates. If I remember right it was soft corals like zenias and leathers. If I am right I think it was by captn. and mushrooms were ok. Maybe there is something wrong with ricordeas
As far as getting one, I got mine from a lfs but they might be able to ship. I was talking with Dwhatley about the posibility of shipping them. I have friends that are crabers and they get them all the time. I didnt get tranny from them but I was working on getting some and maybe shiping them with no money exchanged. you would pay shipping on your side. If I get enuf people intrested I will try.
 

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Well I saw Tranny this morning. but not as much as yesterday. He does cruse around the back of the tank quit a bit. but mostly behind the rocks. It does seem that if there are people standing in front of the tank he pocks his head out to see are at least a couple arms. Seems he knows we are talking about him.
 

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as far as size. me and my step daughter are disagreeing she says take 3 grapes and put them togather. I say about the size of a medium egg. I will pay close attention next time I see his hole body. If he is still a juvenile that would be fantastic. Its funny I was so happy about the merc"and still am" but a lot of my focus is on tranny now. All because he comes out and interacts
 

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one more thing I noticed today is Tranny has a blue spakeling on his face and the begining of his legs. its very spotty and it is seen when he is hiding with a flashlight.
 
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