Fletcher - O. Hummelincki

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Well, he is currently on a diet of mithrax crabs and shovelnose lobsters. It isn't cheap but my LFS which I think is fairly large compared to some others doesn't have any fiddlers in stock and all they have is emerald crabs so at 9 dollars a piece I don't think I can afford a dinner for myself, just kidding. but I am just waiting on my order of fiddlers to arrive from aquaculture store. Anyway, I was wrong about him eating the snails. He seems to just like to use them to cover the opening to his den. It is kind of funny actually he will put the nerite snails right over him and after a while they start to crawl away and they get about 5 or six inches away and he grabs them right back and puts them on top of him. The temperature of my water is a bit on the high side, It is 79 according to my thermometer and at one point today it got up to eighty. The room temp is only 72 and the heater in the sump is off so It must be the light. I'm going to install a cooling fan tonight and crank up the AC. On another note I think my lighting is too bright. He squints to the point where you can barely see his eyes when the lights on. 2x 55w 50/50 10,000k & Actinic T5 Power compact lamps is what I have, can someone tell me what I should change to? I tried to get a video of him feeding today however I forgot to loosen the head on the tripod and when I went to tilt down I couldn't so I missed it, I'll try again tomorrow. And hopefully more pictures.
 

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Go ahead and try a shrimp from the grocery, if he accepts it, you can go back to eating normally :wink:
 

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I'll be sure to try that, thanks D. Also here is a video I took this morning when I fed him a crab. If you notice towards the end he pushes the shrimp away.
 

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Makes me want to hurry up and get a lid on the new tank:mrgreen:

You do know that we have a video upload, right? One of the reasons Tony set it up for us was that over time links tend to go away but anything uploaded to the site (assuming no major upgrade problems) will be there for future viewers. You can find it by clicking on VIDEOS in the very top menu and then Upload Video. Be sure to pick Upload, you can switch from the Add Video link but anything you type in has to be retyped (voice of experience). Once you start the upload, go have a cup of coffee and whatever non-smokers do to take a break or open another window/tab 'cause it takes awhile. The links don't tie in with posts but after you load it, you can view it and then copy the link to the appropriate thread.
 

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Yeah I know, but the videos are HD, and a fairly large file size so I just thought It would be better to upload them through vimeo.
 

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Well he came out of his den twice today and showed some pretty neat looking displays with his skin. The second time he inked a little at me for no reason. I have some pictures. And he has eaten a couple snails in addition to his daily mithrax. Also for about three second tonight he made his mantle really big. It looked like a balloon that was going to pop, is this normal or something I need to worry about. Still trying to get some measurements of his mantle along with arms, he still has yet to come to the glass so I can't tell if it's a boy or a girl. I think I'll try to feed him a thawed frozen shrimp tomorrow. Also I'll be away from tuesday afternoon to thursday morning. It's alright if no one comes to feed and take care of him right, only for one day.
 

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His large mantle display was likely an attempt to make you think he was bigger than he is so that you would go away and not eat him.

One of the hardest things about keeping sensative animals is the insecurity of not being able to check on them a couple of times a day. I am never comfortable with a new octopus until it has been in the aquarium for two weeks. That being said, there is nothing you are actually DOING checking on them (execpt getting them used to your presence) so going away for a day will not change anything.
 

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Thanks Nancy, I'm glad he arrived safe and healthy also. Thanks D for the explanation I just got scared. It looked like an alien was about to burst out of his head. Is there anything else I should keep in mind to do before I go away other than make sure the lid is kept closed? And if you'd like more video's I'd be happy to make more of him eating and or just roaming the tank. Also If I am leaving any information out of this journal please let me know because this is my first time at this. Also the light issue I mentioned earlier, any thoughts on that. What did you use for Octane?
 

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If I understand the biology correctly, what we call eyelids function like an iris so squinting would be like our iris closing the opening to the pupil rather than a voluntary defense against overly bright lighting. What would be a normal opening, I have no clue.

I noticed both OhToo and Octane squinting as well but never changed the lighting (examine some of my pics on Octane's thread and I think you will notice it). On Octanes tank we used a single 55 watt (actinic/white) set 18" off the tank. OhToo's tank (now SueNami's) has one 35 watt compact (actinic/white). Reducing the lighting from 55 watt pc's to 36 watt pc's did not seem to help with the squinting. The new tank (replacing Octane's) will have 4 55 watt bulbs sitting directly on the tank so we may disable two of the bulbs or replace them with 36 watt bulbs. The lighting did not keep either octopus from coming out during the day and sleeping at night. You might experiment after Fletcher is fully acclimated and comfortable coming out during the day (at least 2 weeks) by using only room lighting to see if he fully opens his eyes (something I never thought to do :oops:).
 

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