Pat - 1st Octopus

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We will call it Pat, and if determined sex later we can say Patrick or Patrice. Octopus arrived today from Live Aquaria as "assorted Indo - Pacific octopus".
As soon as I opened the cooler, the rank smell hit me. The water was 68' and very cloudy. There was also a small clam in the bag that was out of it's shell.
3 hr. drip acclimate, half way through I placed a 3/8" crab in the container. The octopus grabbed and killed it right away but discarded it within 1/2 hr. When released into the display it hung out on the sand for 10 minutes or so, then climbed up to the underside of a pseudo cave. Color changing occasionally and at times 1 or more arms hanging below it with the tips corkscrewed. I put 2 more very small crabs in there within sight, which it has ignored so far.
Mantle is about 1.25" - 1.5". At least 1 arm is partially severed and another was severed some time ago as there is a new tip sprouting from the cut. I have no experience, but thought the arms seem pretty long - maybe 7" or 8", relative to body / mantle.
The best pics so far are from in the acclimating container. One from in display shows 2 brown spots on a nearly dark mottled mantle.
Any guesses yet?
 

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CaptFish

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A.Aculeatus. looks just like my Waldo did. One of the tell tale signs is the star like shape around the eyes.

:welcome: Pat!
 

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I registered Pat as A.aculeatus (subject to change) based on the supplier and the similarity to hummelincki at initial photos (particularly coloring and the purple/blue sucker edge) as well as the eye star.

I would go ahead and report the fouled water and the presence of a dead clam (clam was likely attached to the animal and not just put in the bag). They are very good with their warranty but it helps to let them know (I think) what problems have occured. Hopefully Pat will recover but the fouled water is a major concern. Did you test for ammonia when it arrived? Acclimation is tricky when the shipping water is bad and I will exchange much more water in the beginning if there is ammonia (with an attempt to match the fouled water for PH, temp and salinity rather than that of the tank). I am not sure which is more stressful but the only one I have lost at acclimation came through a blizzard and the water was exceptionally cold (I also think the animal was post hatch).

The only thing I can suggest watching (and I don't know of anything you can do) is Pat's breathing (hard to do when you have not had another, I know) and color. If breathing is regular and does not appear labored, that is a good sign. Watch for the mantle to not be able to fully color (at least we know she can show a dark color and does not stay totally grey). Again, a bit tricky to detect since they can alter portions of their skin. Hanging on the wall with corkscrewed arms in grey coloration is what we DON'T want to see.
 

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Cool good luck! Trying to find an octo locally before I order from live aquaria. Basically if it makes it past the 24hr mark your golden. Mine was pretty friendly and would always come out when I was in the room, they are pretty fun!
 
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Thanks Capt, D and kpage
I just messaged L.A. with the concerns. I know they are very good honoring guarantees. My main concern is the health of the octopus.
I think it has very good eyesight as it will react to my movements (by rapidly changing to very dark color) even several feet away from the tank.
I really do not like seeing the curled arms, but It's surely still stressed.
Time will tell I guess.
 
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...and then crawl and swim around the tank. When I reached in there with a small crab in forceps it spooked and inked a bit, but nothing major, then settled into a different spot. Tough getting a good pic so far.
 

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Very cool! It was in the rock work, saw me approach the tank and came right out! It still won't eat the 3 legged, no claws crab...maybe tomorrow.
Anyone know if it'll eat stomatella snails? There are many in there.
 

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