Unknown ‘Large Egg’ Species

Tmjvb18

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Hey all,
Approximately two months ago I bought a small octopus from my LFS. I put her in a large acclimation box which sits in my ~40 gallon refugium. I fed her peppermint shrimp the first few weeks which she happily ate. Then she suddenly disappeared and sealed herself into a pvc pipe with clam and hermit crab shells.
Since she was still new I thought maybe something stressed her out but upon further investigation I found the pipe to be full of eggs.
I purchased a mesh breeder box to contain the young once they hatch and moved the pipe and some rock in there. This morning I found a single octopus had hatched and is crawling around the box.
I plan to head to my LFS tomorrow and grab some tisbe and tigger pods. I have some brine shrimp eggs going now as well. I also have some cleaner shrimp that are about ready to release a bunch of baby shrimp so ill move some of them into a mesh collector.
I have never raised octopus but from my reading I understand that it is possible to raise large egged species.
I don’t want to disturb the momma or eggs by shining a light in the tube but ill try to get some pictures tomorrow with a high aperture.
 

Tmjvb18

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sounds manageable -- looking forward to pics!
No good pictures yet
Theres about ~12 of them now. Still a bunch of eggs in the tube.
I bought some tigger pods and they seem to be just about the right size for them. I haven’t seen any of them eat yet. They walk and jet around a bit but mostly just stick to the acrylic.
Any tips on what to feed them?
 

tonmo

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I'm not an expert but let's see if we can get some support here. Meanwhile, check this post (found using our Search feature) re: feeding for large egg hatchlings (the post itself references O. briareus):
 

Thales

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Brine are not a suitble food source for cephs. Mysis (from US mysis for the best deal) or Amphipods (from Aquarium Depot) are your best off the shelf foods for hatchlings. :biggrin2:
 

Tmjvb18

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I just observed one of the hatchlings eat a tigger pod and another went after a small piece of LRS that my cleaner shrimp was trying to eat through the mesh of the enclosure. He got super excited when the shrimp grabbed it and was moving it around :tearsofjoy: - He was in a brief tug o’ war and managed to snag a little piece.
I moved the shrimp over to one of my other tanks.
Apologies for the lack of pictures. I work on a boat and am out at sea most of the day/days at a time. Will try to get some tomorrow evening.

I’m still trying to find a source for live mysids.
 
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I’ve seen the MBL Aquaculture site you linked to before, but I don’t know of anyone that’s actually used it. I do know these two sites sell them, and they’re reputable sites:



It looks like to order them through BZA you need to email them directly, but Aquaculture Nursery Farms (A.K.A. Rusalty) seems to have them in stock. There are a few other places that carry them too, but they’re either more expensive, less well known (and possibly shady), or both.
 

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