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I only got him from Zyan on Friday, but he's not what I would call active yet. I've really only seen him twice--first when he came out of the shipping bag and found a den, and second a couple days later when I dropped a crab near his den. I have videos on my other thread of both events.

He ate for the first time after two days in the tank. He killed three crabs over the course of about 48 hours and hasn't eaten again since. I know he's still alive because occasionally I'll see a little poop emitted from his den.

This is when patience comes in. We know he's in there in all his tentacular goodness, but it might take weeks before he's comfortable enough with his surroundings and trusts that we're not predators. Don't do anything to bug him and try to keep track of what he's eating (which will be a lot easier once you get your crabs in a separate tank). Remember, the more you poke and prod him, the less he'll trust you and the less you'll see him. I know, easier said than done :smile:

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Thanks. That's a bummer that it could take that long. I already have the crabs in a separate tank. I'll add one tomorrow and see what happens. When I was getting the crabs out, he was trying to crawl all over my arm, but he was brick red, so I think he was P.O.'ed at me for being around his den lol.
 

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Being patient after your octopus arrives is one of the hardest things about keeping an octopus. It took Ollie a long time to get used to me -she disappeared for about a week, then I got so I could spot her in the rocks, almost invisible. After a few weeks she came out more.

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I can still see her where she is, but she cannot see me. She's facing away from me. I can just see her mantle swell then fall back as she breathes. I have 1 crab in there with her in case she gets hungry. She looks JUST like Ollie when she's at rest, or excited. When she's angry, you know it! She has launched at me twice now. She is STRONG!!!!! I find it rather difficult to pull away when she's locked onto my finger with 4 arms, and a rock with the rest.

This afternoon, when I got home, I ent down to see if she was out, and she was on the side glass. I think I scared her because I didn't expect her to be out, because she turned bright red for a moment, then swam away and inked.
 

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Talk about being a hypocrite: my wife and I just dipped a mirror into the back of the tank to see if we could get a glimpse of our little guy.

We put a little tiny fiddler in with him this afternoon and I haven't seen it in a couple hours. I hadn't seen any parts so I wasn't sure if it was just hiding somewhere. With the mirror I'm pretty sure I saw its dorsal shell sitting in his den hole next to his eye (my wife remains unconvinced what I was pointing out to her was in fact an octopus eye).

He didn't seem to mind much at least--that is, he didn't change colors or try to retreat further into his den.

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Brock, the crabs I sent you are shore crabs, not fiddlers, and they live in the splash zone along the shoreline. This means that they will try to get out of the tank and they will try to get out if you don't have a tight lid. They shouldn't be too big for blinky, they will be preferred by the octopus compared to the snails. I have fed my octopuses mostly these kinds of snails because of convenience and abundance compared to the crabs. In the wild these bimacs eat more snails than crabs because simply there are more in the mudflats and tidepools where they are found. I agree with dan in terms of a separate feeder tank. The crabs will live a long time without any food but you can feed them scraps of fish, it is just how messy you want things and how often you want to do water changes. The snails will live indefinitely, well sort of, without food. Zyan
 

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I have a feeder tank, 15 gal in my kitchen run by a bubble filter. I may transfer all my local catch to my tank in the livingroom, and keep the 15 for smaller food till my new octo grows, which is arriving tomorrow! (thanks Zyan):smile:
 

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I've noticed the Oregon shore crabs aren't very friendly with my fiddler crabs, and I've had to separate them. I now have two quadriplegic crabs named Bob and Matt.
 

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