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[Octopus]: Shiitake - O. briareus

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When it rains it pours. After Onn died in January, I did not look for another ceph for awhile to be able to give full attention to family. When I was ready for a critter, I could not find quite what I wanted and saw that there were cuttlefish available so two weeks ago, I ordered eggs and am now attempting 5 cuttles.

Last week, @TMoct was ready to ship a couple of his surplus hatchlings and KP Aquatics happened upon a baby briareus so now I have a house full of younguns' :biggrin2: (Not to mention I will be taking care of a very active grandchild next week :roll:)

This little one is probably between 3 and 4 months old. I had to laugh when @TMoct thought M&M was "huge". This one is ready for fiddlers and I tried to introduce one during acclimation. My approach was not the best and he shied away and was stressed but showed interest when he saw it running around outside his release jar. Tonight I can't find him but did see the top shell of a fiddlers in the sand so I believe he has successfully hunted.

He showed a few interesting color combinations during acclimation but the dark brown was new to me for O. briareus.

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Unnamed is still unseen since acclimation. I may have caught a glimpse of an arm early this AM but it could have been a brissel worm :roll:. Tonight I found another top shell from a fiddler crab (no legs or gills from either of the two carcass finds though) so I think he is eating. I put a total of three fiddlers in the tank, have only found evidence of two being eaten but have not seen the third scurrying around. I tried poking a stick with food in various locations but so far, no arms have investigated. The "Pesky" (orange brittle star) in the tank moved tonight so I keep looking in that area for the new guy since this species often homes with the octos.
 

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Still being too shy to name. She dens inside a rock but caught a glimpse of her out last night and can see part of an arm or occasionally an eye if I squat and shine a flashlight up into one of the holes seen from underneath.
 

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No name still but it has started accepting food from a stick for about a week. Today I noticed the last clam in the tank has been opened but I am not sure if the octopus managed it (he is still pretty young) or if it just died (it has been in there quite some time and another placed in the tank at the same time died before the octopus arrived).

Like most octopuses, the stick was of more interest than the food on our initial tries but it only took a couple of feedings for it to understand the stick meant food delivery and now the stick is quickly released when the food is removed. We started with freshly killed shore shrimp. Once this was accepted we offered a small piece of table shrimp, then a slightly larger piece and last night were successful with a piece of salmon. I have a few more live fiddlers I will put in the tank once or twice a week but since the easy meaty food acceptance, the last crab died in the tank uneaten.

Sadly no photos. When he decided to investigate the stick I saw eyes and multiple arms but over the course of getting him to take food on a stick, he has lost some of his curiosity and only brings his arms out far enough to accept his meal. After another week of feeding this way (or when I see him anticipating being fed), I will encourage him to come out a little further by keeping the stick further away from his den.
 

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After almost a week of eating well from a feeding stick, this one is now rejecting food offerings. I still have a few live fiddlers (this batch did not survive well) that I offer if he does not eat for a day but I hope he will return to daily stick feeding.
 


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Twitch eats eveything she dont care what it is lol im pretty sure she ate a green cromis I couldnt catch and a few hermits with her usual shrimp dinner
 

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