Handfeeding/playing with your octo

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In order to make mine feel more comfortable around me, I was wondering if everyone here hand feeds their octo, or at least gets them to feel comfortable around your hand. I slowly approached with a hermit crab yesterday, and he retracted a little into his rock, but not much at all. Not wanting to rush matters I left the hermit 1 inch away from him, and right after I took my hand away he attacked it.

Im just curious as to how people begin to play with or make their octo feel comfortable around them.

Also I had a great look at him yesterday, and noticed an orange background on his ocelli. That means I can feel confident I have a hummelincki!
 


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It's best to just take it slow. I would use a stick to offer food until you know for sure your octopus trusts you. With the hummelinki's it doesn't take long. When I had mine I would dangle my fingers in the water at the corner of the tank and she would approach and slowly reach out and grab me. After doing that a couple of times it was really more of a matter of me trusting her enough to grab me.
 

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Octane seems to think the upper right hand corner is where I should keep my fingers while she s-l-o-w-l-y creeps up to investigate. Initially, I though she was interested in the food but it seem she is just curious about my fingers. She touched them for the third time, this time a full touch, not a grab and not the super light bumb from last time. This time like the very first time she touched me, she scampered off quickly (this time I was prepared and did not react). It is interesting that both Tuvalu and Octane acted so similarly and it makes me wonder about what the facination the upper corner of the tank my hold. Perhaps there is a reflection there that makes it particularly interesting (my tank is acrylic with rounded corners but I believe yours was squared?)
 

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Just remember to give your hands a very good rinse before putting them in the tank. Avoid any hand washing creams, nicotine and other noxious stuff that might be on your hand. Also you might expect a nip from your octo at some point, it's all part of how they explore their environment.

It wont take an octo too long to get used to your hands and expect food from them every time they see your hands... that can make tank maintenance tricky...
 


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Just tried it with a skewer stick. First was tug of war! He is strong as hell for his size, I couldn't believe it. Then he discovered the tasty morsel at the bottom and let go, hes eating it as we speak. It appears he is getting less shy each day, this is exciting!
 

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