agoutihead;99964 said:Animal Mother, blue rings are cool... but that one in your avatar is probably the coolest one I have seen so far!
What kind is it? Is it always blue like that?
That was my Octopus Mercatoris Einy. That was the only time EVER he showed that coloration, and it was during acclimation so I'm sure he was trying every disguise he could to be less conspicuous. Other than that he only changed from red to black to white. The first few weeks I had him he did have some spikey texture occasionally with white dots, but smooth and dark red for the most part.
Mercatoris' are very shy and secretive. The only time I saw him was at night, with a red light on over the tank, and even then it was far and few between sightings. He only lived with me for 4 months. Now he resides in a specimen jar full of formalyn.
If you have a tank set up and ready (CYCLED a few months) you should consider ordering one from Saltwaterfish.com if you are serious about wanting an octopus right now. They are still on sale for $49, and I must say the one I got is completely opposite of Einy. She is out most of the day into the night, has an extremely broad range of colors, patterns and textures, and isn't shy at all. She accepts food from my fingers, and comes to me when I dangle a finger in the water. I can't tell you how long her life span will be, but she has already been everything I could want out of a pet octopus. She's small enough to fit into the palm of my hand right now, but if she is Octopus Filosus as I suspect, she will grow to about 4 times larger, with legs just over a foot long and a mantle about the size of a lemon. Several other TONMO members have received octopus from them recently, and for the most part, have had similar experiences as myself with their new octopuses.