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Hi, well after a hiatus from octopus keeping, i'm finally getting back into it. Tomorrow i will be receiving my octopus from reefscavengers.com. They claim that it is a bimac but my guess is hummelincki, just because they don't seem to get much pacific livestock in. Its tank is already set up and cycled, complete with some hermit crabs. I plan on attempting to collect food locally since i am a couple of minutes from the beach. I haven't decided on a name but i'll change the thread title when i do. For now i am thinking Emma, but i'll probably change my mind once i see it. I'll post pics of it tomorrow.
Hopefully everything goes well, and the octo arrives healthy and young.
 

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well i got the octopus, it looks to be hummelincki but i haven't seen any eyespots. Trying not to bother it since it is acclimating right now. Luckily it doesnt seem to be too old. Mantle is slightly larger than a golfball. Ill update pictures once it calms down more. Although i had a good experience with reefscavengers theyre shipping didnt seem to be the best. It came in a big bad that was just tied off in a knot. No rubberbands or anything just one big knot. The good thing was that they shipped in a big bag with a lot of water and air, and luckily nothing leaked but it was not double bagged so a leak would have probably been fatal.
 

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ok here are some pics.
It is now in the tank sitting on a rock with a black coloration. I decided to leave it alone for a bit so it can find a place to hide if it wants to.
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The cup with the santa on it is a small cup about 2.5-3 inches tall
 
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Nice octo!

I agree with you, they should've double bagged it, but I sometimes tie the top of the bag instead of using rubber bands when I ship stuff. Works just the same if the knot is tight enough.

I would bet that it's an Octopus hummelincki as well. Lots of them turning up lately.

Brock
 

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It has eaten two hermit crabs already, and i saw the eyespots, so im pretty certain that it is hummelincki, and from the looks of it a pretty young one (i asked reefscavengers to send me the smallest one they had). Last time i checked they had 3 more in stock in case anyone is interested in one. This weekend ill collect some macroalgae as well as some pods. I'm also planning on maybe putting a few soft corals in the tank with it.
 

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Well my octopus is a little weird. it seems to enjoy collecting hermits and then just "tucking" them away under its mantle. Ive seen him catch four hermits and a pretty big shrimp. I think he ate the shrimp; but not sure about the hermits cuz ive seen two emerge alive after being under the octo for over 30 minutes. It doesnt seem like hes trying to eat them, he just has them in his arms, tucked away; which of course impedes him from moving much.
Anyways as a sidenote I'm still trying to decide on a name so heres what i have come up with so far:
-Emma (cuz i just like the name)
-Lil' Wayne (just to be funny)
-Cephora (just a bad witty change on Sephora..)
What do you guys think?
 

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Not sure if anyone is even following this but ill keep it updated for myself, if anything..The octopus can now successfully catch live shrimp, witch it had been trying to do for a pretty long time, but he has now perfected his technique; although, there was some teamwork involved since i would use tongs to scare the shrimp towards the octo. Hummelincki is, so far, my favorite octo out of the ones i have kept (a. aculeatus, o. briareus, o. luteus?). This octo has yet to hide for more than 10 minutes since i put him in the tank. It even sleeps out in the open on a big pieace of a conch shell; im guessing because it likes the smooth texture. Today it put my finger in the tank and it grabbed it. I got a little scared because it grabbed it with about 5 arms and pulled pretty hard so i pulled it away, perhaps a little too harshly, but he didnt seem to mad.
I'll post pics in a bit..
 

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Camouflaging with hermits tucked under him.
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Notice eyespot
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Right after catching the shrimp. (that clam is about 3.5 inches across)
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We are reading even if no one is posting back, I feel like that a lot. It's a great idea to keep the journal even if it is just for you, though. I like "Cephora." I've had octos do with that hermits, too. I had one (I think both Al and the Once-ler) who seemed to like to carry hermits around for days before actually eating them, like they were playing with their food!

Great pix, keep up the journal- I've been happy on several occasions that I could go back and check my notes!
 

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