Now thats what I'm talking about, was so worth the wait. Love the coloration in the second photo. Have you released them yet? Do these tend to zip away and hide immediately? They are great looking, hard to tell I know but do they have any damage/missing arms? How active are they? Your tank is so big, bet think they've been released back into the ocean.
Yup they are both free to do what they want. One or B for now is hiding inside a breeder net, and the other, A, was inside a beer mug that i used to transfer it, but it is now sitting at the top of the tank (first pic). I dont see any damage. So far all is quiet.
The tank is a 55 but it is a Tall. so the foot print is the same as a 30, just deeper water.
I am thinking A is female but the mantle bulge that really shows in a post brood female is not only a female trait (the ovaries are at the back, behind this bump and you can see the bump in males, it is just as the ovaries swell that it is more pronounced).
Since I have only released 4 WC I can't say what is usual or unusual but I find it interesting that they did not turn solid red and dart for the LR.
It is unusual to see damage to the mercs' arms (unlike the hummelincki and briareus that are rarely undamaged). I would expect this to be the case not only because of how the larger animals hunt (poking arms in to every nook and cranny, not observed with the mercs) but also because the mercs are an equivalent mouthful to a briareus arm and it is unlikely the dwarf escapes from the hungry fish or eel.
Count your blessings, what are the odds they'd den up where you can see them. No fair you get all the cool octopuses.
I am ordering a couple from Tom today, that is unless you got the last 2. Great photos, stay'in tuned.
Still going with female for A as I see no signs of enlarged suckers on any of the front 4 arms (they show up best when stuck to the tank wall) and no curled up 3rd arm (second arm doesn't count). Do note that I have not much better than a 50/50 record on initially calling the sex ( improving though)