[Octopus]: El Diablo - O. vulgaris

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I purchased him from Tomscaribbean.com. I requested one of the smallest he has but by my best estimate his mantle is appx. 2" so he is not young. He arrived at 11:00 am. Water very cold and loaded with sucker sheds. He is looking alright so far. He has his arms wrapped around his head, looking scared and stressed. Acclimating now, photos to come. Note I said "him" 3rd arm is curled and enlarged scukers, I do have experience with males and am pretty confident I can call this one.
 
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His mantle looks a little floppy when he breathes, makes me think post brood female. Take a look and tell me what you all think. I am not very experienced :hmm:
Last photo is an exhale?

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My daughter just came home from school and told me that it is the ugliest octopus she has ever seen. :sad:
 
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The first photos were taken w/o flash. I could not capture his true colors so I decided to try the flash, it dosen't seem to bother him too much. I am worried because his mantle looks a little big, loose, and floppy. Maybe I am just not used to such a large one :roll:
...Still sitting in the same spot.
 
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Mine is still in the same spot too.. though her color is looking better now that shes being left alone. Yours is beautiful no matter what honest little children may say. They are all beautiful in mothers eyes :smile:
 
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My daughter is comparing this one to our last octopus Ollie. Ollie was really beautiful and Sam loved to play with him. He was begining to be very social, I think she is just misses him. This guy has a certain charm, well to me anyway :biggrin2:
 

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All of my briareus just stayed out until it got dark and they were alone on their introduction to my tanks. Definitely some stress signs (colapsed mantle and corkscrew arms in post #5). Lets hope they are not age related and will disappear in a week. The arm to mantle ratio reminds me of Creepy and makes me think this one has put all of its arms in moray holes/crab dens as some points in its life.
 
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This morning he is tucked nicely in Ollie's old den. D, any thought as to the sex? I am begining to second guess my origonal guess of male. There are a few shells that have been pulled in to partially block the den entrance. This is something Ollie never did so I am wondering if this may be a female.
 
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Very good. I am glad hes hidding for you now. From what I have read thats a very good sign things will be ok. Normally when I have read others journals if they didnt hide within the first day or so, they normally died with in a few days.
 
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