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Looking at octane's journal i think it looks alot like O. Hummelincki. But when I get pics hopefully it will help. I bet it is a O. Hummelincki.
 

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I was just about to post O.hummelincki as a "pre-picture" guess based upon your location and the eye spots. Can you PM me contact info for your LSF? His size is worrisome but 'Tane was large on arrival (not as big as Neal's hand though - also 6'4" - but he has/had very big hands - left hand somewhat dimished as of 4 weeks ago :sad:).

Post #79 on page 4 of Octane's thread shows most of the markings you should be able to find. Look for the orange ring around the blue eye spot (eye spot not always visible but usually disernable), a brown stripe of connected dots running from the head, across the eye and extending into the mantle, purple rings on the suckers and a slight skin pigtail when not showing cripsis (I think this is where the extra skin is gathered for the smooth look). The brown stripe is almost always visible but not always well defined. There is also a a second false eye above the real eye that is often a brownish orange. You will see a very clear display of these markings in the last photo on the afore mentioned post.

If your experience is half of mine, you will fall in love with this animal.
 

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can you tell me a bit about their personality? are they active in the day or night? typical foods? I will look more closely on the markings when i get home. i only saw it for a breif moment before i had to leave for class.
 

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Chef Reef;123916 said:
wow i just looked at those photos and that octo is beautifull.

You betcha :biggrin2: with an even better personality!

They are diurnal and sleep all night.

As for personality, I don't paraphrase well :wink:. Take some time to read some of the entries in my journal and watch some of the videos after you finish your homework (or if it starts putting you to sleep - I remember taking night classes and working days - for 7 years - :sleeping:).
 

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Im gonna go with a def O.hummelincki . everything you mentioned it has. from the blue eye spot with the orange ring around it to the orange eyespots above the eye. the suckers look a little purple color and he does have brown srtips running up his head. I am uploading pictures now but man you can't see anything in these pictures. but again I'm almost positive it is a O.hummelincki
 

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Here are the pics, this is the best i could do tonight. i will try again in the morning when i have good lighting in the house. I doubt you will be able to ID him from these.

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wow those look even worse when they are blown up.. the critter keeper is now floating in the tank. He turned colors when i moved the cage to the tank and looked exactly like dwhatley's avatar
 

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Also here is a pic of my sump. it's a mess right now and i don't have baffles but i should. just never got around to doing it.

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If he is still in his critter keeper, I would suggest you let him out so he can find a comfortable den. Stress is very harmful and not being able to sleep in the dark seems to effect them. We kept a red night light on the tank for a long time. Every now and then I would notice that Octane was up and about in the middle of the night. Eventually, I put two and two together and realized that every time the power would go out, the night light would revert to white light and would shine in his sleeping quarters. The red light did not bother him. We removed the light since we seem to be having an abnormal amount of quick power outages and the white light obviously distressed him.
 

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I grabbed a few more pics that came out better. I figured while he was awake and the lights were still on i would take a few more pics of him inside the tank. The last picture is to show him and the whole tank to show size.

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If my prospective is right, he looks close to the size of Octane when he first came to our tank (see "I AM A ROCK" video/pictures at front of thread).

Do you have somewhere else to put that anemone that is in the bottom left? Long tenticled critters tend to be a problem and I had to move some of my polyps with Octane (he reacted negatively when he touched them but others were fine). I am worried about the sting causing possible leisons.

If you have any raw shrimp, you might try stick feeding as sometimes they will eat out of nerveousness the first day but might not eat for a couple of days while adjusting. If you can get him to eat now, he will at least have a full belly before the likely fast. Try touching the shrimp as close to the mouth as he will let you but move slowly. We found with Octane that his suckers seemed to be most food sensitive close to the mouth and that if he shoved the food away, he would not eat it later so one slow attempt is best.
 

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ATM i dont not have a spot to move then nem, i have another tank but the lights cannot support it so as soon as i get lights on that tank i wil move it. I tried feeding but he wouldn't have at it. maybe i will try tomorrow putting it closer to his mouth. but it is a O.hummelincki right?
 

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That would be my guess and I would like to see if your supplier can get another and will ship it to GA. We are so depresses looking at the empty tank and the diver that found 'Tane does not normally find or collect octopuses. He just happened on this one and caught him for me because I had written him with a request. In 7 months he has not come upon another.

It seems your camera has a similar problem to mine in that it does not auto focus very well when trying to shoot a close up segment of the aquarium but does a good job if you back up (Neal is Xmas shopping for one like AM's and has already bought the underwater housing for my birthday but not the camera :roll:). You might try backing up somewhere between the nice full tank shot and the unfocused close ups and then cropping the picture and enlarging if your pixle count is relatively high. The bad part is I love all the features of my current camera but 90 percent of my use is to take aquarium pictures (the new one has both an underwater and an aquarium mode :biggrin2: and the minute AM got his several of us asked what he bought without being told he had a new camera).
 

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AM - I will look into that, i was told i need good lights to keep it. maybe the guy was thinking of the RBTA when i asked him becuase we were just talking about one.

I believe little chef ate today. one of my new snail's shell lays empty on the sand bed. it has a unique shell so i know its not an old one. i just wish i coulda saw it eat :roll:
 

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Well he ate again last night. this time the wife saw him eat.

I noticed some cool color patterens last night when i got home as well. He was cruisin the tank and he turned his tenticals a bright yellow - orange color, and kept the rest of his body a dark brown almost pruple tint to it. and looked really cool becuase his suckers are purple so the orange just stood out so much. Also he was doing this thing that reminded me of two face from batman becuase he would "flash" colors on his head. It would be full white on one side and full dark brown on the other side of his head. I wish i had my cammera on me for that, but im quite sure i will see it again. He is so fun to watch. checking every hole with his arms and i saw him swim accorss the tank as well that was really cool. he looked like a cuttle when he did it :P
 

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lol can you tell? is it really that obvious. I'v been hit by the octo love arrow :P

(that sounded dumb)

Also today i got to HAND feed him. i offered another one of those snails to him and he reached out and grabbed me, crawled over and took it, then hopped down and ate him. First time i got to see him eat. as soon as he was done he grabbed another that was near by.. poor guy was just cleaning the glass :P
 
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