Octopus opening jar tricks

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My guy eagerly eats snails, hermits, crabs, and shrimp and scallops on a stick. I figured since hes so enthusiastic about eating when I approach the tank, I'd try the old closed lid on jar trick. Whats the best way going about this, and if any of your octos perform this...how long did it take them to be successful?
 
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Olorin got it first try,although I didn't put the lid on tight at all.actually second try,the first time he bumped the glass and gave up.Check out Olorin and the mayo jar in journals and photos.
 

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Nobody else tried this? What jars would be safe also, I was thinking baby food jars thoroughly cleaned out? Should be no deadly traces left over right.
 

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I would go for plastic rather than glass and I don't know if baby food jar lids are still metal but even if they are now plastic, they are likely too difficult to open (I am not even sure they screw on any more). Carol used one of those clear snap apart plastic "eggs" and Kraft mayonaise has an lid on their rectangular "jar" that snaps open and is all plastic that could be interesting.
 

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hmmm, those snap apart eggs sound interesting...I never thought of that. With Easter around the corner getting those eggs shouldnt be too hard. Thanks for the idea.
 

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I am currently using 10 oz. glass mason jars, with some "aftermarket" inert plastic lids I bought separately. You can tighten the lids completely with 1/2 turn, or you can use a string and torque the tightness specifically during the early phases (to make it easier for them to figure it out).
 

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Hi,

I've been working on trying to figure out what was best to use as well. I am a college student performing a training experiment with my octo Ringo. Unfortunately he has stage fright, so right now we are working with trying to get him more used to people. I recently added chromis which seem to help, but we've only had him a little over 2 weeks. I think the egg idea sounds great, because we were looking at film canisters and didn't know what had previously been inside them.
 

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Well Ive had success so far with a baby food jar cleaned out with crab. The lid isnt put on all the way, and he can quickly pop it off now. After a few more trys Im goign to fully tighten it and see if he has any luck. I'll be sure to video it. Yantigg, what specices is your octo?
 

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We used all kinds of containers for my octos. Everything from simple boxes with lids that just slid off, to twist-open jars. Sometimes took 'em a while but they eventually got it.
 

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