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As the title says, I neglected to feed Mimius last night. First thing this morning there he was pacing along the front glass, frantically waving his arms to get my attention. Don't worry he is well fed and getting bigger by the week. Cheers.
I believe a lot of the success people have with interactive octos is due to their owners being in the room a lot. For example, watching TV or playing on the computer in the same room as the octo. The octo then gets more accustomed to you.
My bimac is still quite secretive. I just freed him from his critter keeper a week ago, so he's able to roam the tank, but he spends much of the time hidden in the live rock. I work during the day, and the tank is in an otherwise empty room, so I don't watch tv there, etc. When I'm in there I usually have my nose pressed up against the glass looking for him, or am doing some tank maintenance. I'm hoping he'll feel a little more social in the near future. Any thoughts?
Good to see that you're taking the plunge again after the Lost Generation this last spring. I'd already have another one, too, but I'm using a cross-country move as an excuse to make some changes to my system.
Thanks for the information Colin, you are indeed probably correct in the species being O. aculeatus. I did a search and superficially the characteristics are very similar, especially of note are the pronounced webs on the arms.
If the octopus deosn't get any diversion in the room it stands to reason it would be "jumpy" and shy. Mimius seems to prefer some action in the room and bobs its head up and down when its really interested in what myself or my family are doing. Mostly it seems to associate me with food which guarantees that when I come around its out in front waiting. Good news for octo owners!