- Dec 16, 2022
Hi all! I recently acquired my second ever-octopus, but my first bimac. The first little guy was maybe 2" total length and very hard to keep track of, but not at all a picky eater. This little lady (Bubblegum) is really confusing me. I've had her about 2 weeks and she's very interactive at this point, but I can't figure out what she's doing with her food. I started by stocking the tank (it's a 65 gal with 20 gallon sump, protein skimmer, and all that good stuff) with a few hermit crabs from my feeder tank and she just ignored them. I tried stick-feeding fresh scallop and she seemed to take it right away (and the stick too!), but then i saw the scallop floating in the tank later on. I thought I'd try little neck clams since she's such a big girl and she immediately took the clam, but now she just moves it around with her as she creates new dens... It's like a toy to her? She's had it for several days and it's still alive, but it moves often. I pried a live one open to feed her directly and she was uninterested in the open clam. She seems to be occasionally eating a hermit now, but it doesn't seem like enough for her being that she's so big. Any ideas with why she's moving this clam around? Suggestions for feeding this picky girl? I want to feed her by hand more since she loves to come up to the top of the tank and grab me, but I don't want to fill her tank with clams she's just going to play with! TIA!