So I received one of these little cuties. My Octopus is Bruce! We think he's a boy from the way he acts, but after some close up filming today (via zoom button) I'm not as sure because I didn't see enlarged suckers on the tentacles. (I'm bad at looking though ;- I tried asking the Store owner about where they came from, species, temperature, food, and age. Alas, he knew nothing of it. I wasn't going to complain though. After having the first octopus come in dead, and delayed shipping of this one for about another week, I was content with the live critter in the bag. They're both being kept in a 30 gallon tank(the same tank), it's filled with rocks on one side and sand to the other. No way of escape, A rather large chuck ofCoral and some shells to hide under, as well as a current maker. The temperature when I last saw it was 74 F, Ph about 8.2, Everything else checked out as well. Bruce is doing lovely. His colors are beautiful and he's taken refuge under and overturned shell resting on a rock. He likes to hide-out under a big piece of coral as well. I haven't seen him eat yet, but I put 12 ghost shrimp in the tank today. I figure in time if he's hungry I'll see a few disappear? ((Does anyone know what Mercs will most definately accept and eat? I don't want him to starve to death :[!)) Octillary Clinton belongs to a different group but was bought 5 minutes after I left the store. There's no doubt that these octopus are the same breed. Octillary, unfortunately passed away today sometime before noon. Maybe a bad shipping expierience? She was acclimated and put in the tank the same way as Bruce, but she was completely curled up in the bag when she got to the school, and afterwards. She was uncurled when we found her just sitting out by the coral completely white. There's no doubt in my mind that she was dead, but when I removed her from the tank into a plastic container (maybe to return to the pet store with) she began to get some color into her legs. Could this have been caused by temperature changes or something else? My teacher had me put her back in the tank in case she had a little bit of life left . I feel sorry for Octillary and her group, but the pet-store owner offered them another one at half price(30$) because they weren't told of the return policy on saltwater animals. (Aka there is none.) I got a video of Bruce today (as I mentioned above), but my laptop isn't recognizing the card from the camcorder. I'll have to put it up later. I wish it didn't have sound though :[! Oh, and these groups were made for an animal behavior study. We were going to try to teach Bruce a few old tricks, but I would rather him get used to the tank, noise levels, and maybe eating!? before we start to 'play'.