Octopus chierchiae breeding!

Postby Thales » Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:46 am

Hatchling #1 on day 7

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Postby Thales » Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:36 am

Here is some ok footage of a baby eating - I am getting new macro's this week so I should be able to get better video soon:

http://stickycricket.com/aquarium/movie ... byeat.html

And here it the page about the babies:

http://stickycricket.com/cuttle/oc/oc_babies.html
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Postby coralhead317 » Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:55 pm

Stunningly cool. I would never have imagined that the hatchlings would be so small! Keep up the good work.

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Postby Luis A M » Tue Jul 01, 2008 3:43 pm

Simply amazing! :D
Indulge me with a short disgression,as I did not see it treated in your site;what about the in tank ink discharge by caphalopods?.
One of the "black legends"that keep them out of people´s tanks :roll:
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Postby Thales » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:44 pm

I have not had much of a problem with inking. The worst has been when I have needed to catch adult bandensis - the tank has gone black, but the skimmer takes care of it in an hour or two. It only becomes a problem in small spaces because the ink can suffocate the animals.

Of the 5 or 8 octo species I have kept, I have never had one ink.


Some pics of hatchling # 1 eating an amphipod.

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Postby mpedersen » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:58 pm

WOW, that really gives an indication of size. Can that little thing eat the whole Amphipod?
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Postby Thales » Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:07 am

They seem to suck the meat out. :D


So, these occys have only one paper on them from around 1976. That paper says that they have a 4-7 day hatching period, but I have been getting hatchlings through day 16. Tonight, I fed the female a freshly dead 'shore' shrimp with tweezers (another difference from the '76 paper - the female is not supposed to feed through brooding), and she came mostly out of her barnacle den. While grabbing the tweezers, the den tipped over, and as she ate, she moved in such a way as to let me see inside of the den. Inside were at least 6 (maybe 9)mature eggs. You can clearly see the soon to hatch occy's inside the eggs. Super spiff!

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Postby Thales » Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:12 pm

Some updates.
Total of 24 hatchlings over 26 days. Very strange that is. I was able to photograph the only inking so far which was a nice little pseudomorph. No eggs left and I will be mating the female to my other male this week.

The adult coloring is taking hold:

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Postby joefrith » Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:26 pm

Thats amazing.

So are they only feeding on amphipods?

And how do you know the lifespan is 1 year? is that from the time of the egg hatches to death or just when you obtained the specimen to death? thanks.
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Awesome

Postby lance » Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:05 am

what a fantastic event I would love to have a tank setup for just a pair of them any other new's on the babies?
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Postby Thales » Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:16 pm

Hatchling 15 at 85 days:

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Postby aomont » Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:47 pm

I can´t get enough of these baby octo pics. :D
How are the other 14 ?
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Postby Thales » Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:59 pm

We are down to 6 from the first clutch and I think we are have 14 from the second clutch. She is brooding the third clutch now after being mated to a different male.

I got side tracked with vacation and getting home to a full time job at an aquarium that actually opened yesterday. :D Working 12 hour days with no days off is tiring, and leave little time for documentation of baby octos. Things should get more normal now though. :D
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Postby Thales » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:45 am

Quick update. There were a total of 3 clutches, and we have been attempting to mate them. Hopefully more soon.
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