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Hi everyone! Itza is doing great, she is adorable, I am learning to not freak out when she comes to me (because I guess it’s easier now that she is small), and she is seeking the interaction, it’s amazing for me how curious and brave octopuses are, maybe she already knows I mean no harm? ... one of the experts at Sisal is a octo neurologist, I’m gonna ask her and let you know, I am totally in love with her, what a wonderful pet she is
I’m loving her colors and this setup idea!!! I think I’m going to change mine over to this over time so I don’t freak him out too much at once... love the little rodent toys and never thought of using them in a tank for hiding places! Looks like I’m going glass vase hunting at goodwill!
I change everything every time I clean the tank and Itza doesn’t seem to mind, I feel like she is very curious to see what’s new, she was very friendly today that I cleaned the tank so I am starting to learn to play with her and not freak out, maybe it’s because she has never been in a natural environment, but I can leave the tank empty but for her favorite hiding place and she doesn’t seem to mind, is like she loves exploring the bare tank and new places ...and for example she really freaks out when strangers get close to the tank (moves suddenly inside and gets full black) but me cleaning is not an issue for her, I have a new more natural lay out this month, with an oyster I bought in the supermarket one month ago and was in the sump, It’s less colorful but I will see how she likes it, also she is not growing as fast as she should so maybe as a pet she will be smaller as her farm living siblings which is great because maybe she can live longer and in a smaller tank, since I am trying to launch octopus maya as a pet this can be great... time will tell...
I bought live rock today and they have red stars, I bought two, I read here that the stars are good tank mates for octopuses but the guy at the fish store told me that the octopus will eat the star, I rather ask you guys... is the star a good tank mate for Itza?
I will put them in the sump until I read your answer
Here is a picture of the stars:
In general, octopuses leave Echinoderms (starfish, serpent stars, urchins and cucumbers) alone but there are a few stars that can be aggressive and attempt to trap an octo. To my knowledge, the only ones of concern we see at pet stores are the green serpent star and the Bahama star. However, starfish are very hard to keep and most aquariums will not have a proper food source. Serpent/brittle stars are less picky about what they eat and will often accept pieces of food from your hand. They will, however, attempt to eat octopus eggs and create a challenge for brooding octopuses to protect their eggs. I worry that these need food from a more mature substrate and may not survive so be sure to keep an eye on them and remove them if they start to disintegrate.