Ollie - New O. briareus

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Last night he was out prowling around. As soon as he saw me he retreated back into the rocks. I walked away for about 20 minutes and when I came back he was out again. I had the shrimp ready but again he retreated when I approached. (I did see one eye peeking at me) I am trying to stay positive, he is just being shy, eventaually I hope he will get curious about his human keeper. He sure is big and beautiful, watching him move over the rocks gave me goose bumps. All the fish, shrimp and snails are living in terror, they are on high alert with :twisted: in their world.
Any tricks to encourage a bashful octopus??
 

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Time and more Time. Spending time (even though they don't seem to notice you) in front of the tank and waiting time for them to grow up a bit. Briareus in particular seem to need to be a certain age/size before they accept humans. The fact that you are seeing him out is encouraging as I still don't see either one of mine out at night (SueNami would stay out almost all night eventually but not at this stage). I still think he is eating something that you don't see since he is out and about. You might try making the shrimp on the stick smaller, maybe only the tail.
 
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I was just sitting at my kitchen counter makeing Christmas orniments and I glanced at the tank and guess who was checking me out? All of a sudden without warning I had an epiphany.
I looked up epiphany, didn't want to use the word incorrectly and this is what it said~
a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
My octopus's name is Ollie, YEAH!!
I think he suddenly noticed he had my attention and vloop.. back into his den. I have a tiny piece of shrimp waiting in case he decided to revisit me tonight. I can't believe how excited I get when I am lucky enough to catch a glimps of him.
 

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You're hooked :biggrin2:, the feeling never goes away. I have (finally) changed unnamed to Ollie in the Octo list and added it to your title.:sagrin:
 
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Oh my god!! Ollie was out and about again. He was definately hunting, going after a shrimp then a fish. I could tell he was hungry. I had the shrimp ready but was worried I'd scare him. I finally decided to go for it. I approached from the opposite side so he would not see me. As soon as the shrimp was near him, he pounced. It was the most thrilling thing I have ever experienced. My husband and daughter were watching. I had the camera ready but neither one could see to turn it on. (in the dark) Picture me, one hand in the tank, with the other fumbling to turn on the camera and set it. I know I only had one chance. Ollie let got of the feeding stick and was on his way back to his den. I shot one picture with the free hand and I was absolutely amazed at how well it turned out. :biggrin2: The hole ordeal lasted maybe 5 minutes but was an hours worth of thrilling. I am going to love feeding this guy. I now realize my first octopus Morpheus never really ate. Ollie is really strong too, he was really pulling on the stick. I am not sure if I will be able to sleep now, I am really stoked, that was fun.
Here is the photo I managed to take.

Ollie.jpg
 

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:roflmao::roflmao:

I have done the camera in one hand trick too many times. :wink: I keep the tripod available but often there is not time to set it up. Your camera did a good job even without the circumstances but be careful not to drop it in the tank :wink:.

I take it he took the shrimp to his den? If so, feeding should get easier if you didn't scare the tar out of him with the flash. Perhaps he was just waiting for a name (more likely the live food has disappeared).

One thing we have noticed is that they tend to eliminate just before feeding time once they establish a schedule. SueNami was quit ... regular :smile:

I have noticed that the peppermint shrimp seem to learn how to avoid an octopus. I had two in Beldar's tank. One got too curious the first week but the other survived Bel and is in with Creepy now and still manages to stay uneaten. During acclimation release I was not sure this would be the case as it was vary curious about the new container (photo in Creepy's log).

Another item of note about the crab/lobster by-catch octos. They seem to need a couple of inches on their regrowing arms before they become comfortable. I am not sure there is any real coorelation to the observation but the Skywindsurfer's briareus does not suffer from this injury and seems to have interacted sooner.

I can't wait to read your log when you see your first webover :razz: Note to self - keep camera in octo room at all times :biggrin2:
 
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dwhatley;146788 said:
dwhatley;146788 said:
I have done the camera in one hand trick too many times. :wink: I keep the tripod available but often there is not time to set it up. Your camera did a good job even without the circumstances but be careful not to drop it in the tank :wink:.

A tripod is sounding better and better.


I take it he took the shrimp to his den? If so, feeding should get easier if you didn't scare the tar out of him with the flash. Perhaps he was just waiting for a name (more likely the live food has disappeared).

I was thinking the same thing, kind my own worse enemy on this point so I will try to control those urges, I know it scares him.

One thing we have noticed is that they tend to eliminate just before feeding time once they establish a schedule. SueNami was quit ... regular :smile:

Octopus eliminations? Oh wow, something to look forward to! That may have sounded sarcastic, but I really am looking forward to seeing this.

I have noticed that the peppermint shrimp seem to learn how to avoid an octopus. I had two in Beldar's tank. One got too curious the first week but the other survived Bel and is in with Creepy now and still manages to stay uneaten. During acclimation release I was not sure this would be the case as it was vary curious about the new container (photo in Creepy's log). Another item of note about the crab/lobster by-catch octos.

I have 6 peppermints in the tank, I watched Ollie's feeble attempts hunting them. The peppermints look to be an easy mark but they can be pretty darn quick when they need to be.

They seem to need a couple of inches on their regrowing arms before they become comfortable. I am not sure there is any real coorelation to the observation but the Skywindsurfer's briareus does not suffer from this injury and seems to have interacted sooner.

I got a good look at the leg which had been severed. It appears to have grown considerably, I remembered you said they regrow fast, looks to have grown 1-1 1/2 inches, a cute little curly pigtail.

I can't wait to read your log when you see your first webover :razz: Note to self - keep camera in octo room at all times :biggrin2:

Your going to have to clearify this for me. What is a webover? Sounds interesting though.
 
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Sure, I may try the video feature on my camera. Now I just have to get little Ollie to cooperate. I am confident in time he will. Can't tell you how relieved I am that he is eating for me...WHOSH! I am tired, just finished all my water changes, cleaning fuges, pulling mini brittle stars out of cheato, scrubbing glass and I have dish pan hands which I call fish tank hands. What we won't do for the
 

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