Fletcher - O. Hummelincki

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  1. Tommycs

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    Well I received my Hummelincki from reefscavengers.com early today after I received a DOA. the one I received looks pretty healthy and relatively young. I drip acclimated it for just over two hours. At first it was not happy about acclimating. He was desperately trying to climb out of the bag and I was desperately trying to keep it in the bag. I tried rubbing the back of his arms and that only made him more mad and he would grab my finger and start to pull it close to him. Twice throughout the acclimation he put on this display with his skin where for a split second he would flash exactly half his body brown. After I added him to my tank he found a nice cave in the rocks and hid. I couldn't see him for a while so I decided to place an emerald crab right in front of the cave. After about ten minutes the crab surprisingly did not move, the octopus came out and ate him. Unfortunately I have not come up with a name yet but I will. Here are some pictures and a video. The size of his mantle looks like it is probably about 1 1/2 inches but I am not really sure yet. He was packed in a much bigger bag with much more water than the previous DOA. Does the coloration look normal for a newly introduced octopus?
     

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    Hes beautiful. :welcome: little guy!
     
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    Thanks, D do you have any comment on the color? Did octane or any of your hummelincki's look like this after being introduced to the tank?
    Also he is eating quite a bit. Already he ate an emerald crab and a whole shovelnose lobster.
     
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    :welcome: to your new octo!
     
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    I've come up with a name everyone. Fletcher
     
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    Just an update. He blew out a hole underneath some rocks (the worst spot for viewing it) and I am not sure if it is his den, I'll see if he settles elsewhere tomorrow, but he is in there and hasn't come out. Since those pictures, his eyespots became very blue where as before they were black.
     
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    Sorry Tommy, I have looked on and off all day to see if Fletcher had arrived but ultimately missed the post. When I did get to take a look, I was VERY happy to see only the word hummelincki :grin:

    Hummelincki has a very wide variety of colors and displays so to ask if one is "normal" would always get, "yes" for an answer (Here is a half-and-half picture of Octane. We see it a lot from SueNami as well.). From what I have observed across three species, unlike the mercs and briareus, white is not a happy color. There is one particular display that I hope you get to see once or twice but not often. When very startled, hummelincki will become brilliant white and the eyespots luminescent blue. I got a poor shot of the one time I saw it with Octane (never with OhTwo). I think the photo was so bad that I did not post it but if you will look at Octane's thread at about post 73, you will see quite a variety of looks. Unfortunately, the more comfortable Fletcher becomes with his environment, the less you will see of his/her color and shape variation.

    Read through a couple of the acclimation and first two week entries on the journals marked hummelincki, that will give you a pretty good feel for what to expect in the upcoming couple of weeks.
     
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    Alright, thanks D I will do that. Also at one point when he was eating a lobster, He did turn very white and his eyespot looked almost like a yin yang. Half was vibrant blue and the other half was black. also I haven't seen him since yesterday, Is it normal for him to be so reclusive on the first few days?
     
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    Ya you are pretty lucky he even came out on the first day. It some times takes a couple of days before you catch a glimpse.

    Also he might change his den around a lot until he finds a place he likes.

    I liked to see the yin yang if you could get a pic. It sounds cool.
     
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    It wasn't so much a yin yang but it was as he was changing it to blue and it was this organic looking circle with two different colors. More video and pictures should be up by later today.
     
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    Here he is just after he ate a crab this morning.
     

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    Hes pretty small. How big is your tank and did i see coral in there? Maybe a full pic of your tank.
     
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    I like the horns over his eyes.
     
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    Haven't gotten any official measurements I'll try by tonight. My tank is 35 gallons and yes that is a coral. Cuttlegirl, he is a little devil. My skunk cleaner shrimp came over to try to clean him and he didn't try to eat it but instead punched it to the other side of the tank. The shrimp is fine now.
     
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    The hummelincki has a particularly endearing look when it captures and is eating live food. When I have reviewed my photos, those are always the best.
     
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    Well he is just sitting on a rock half in a cave looking around. That's really all I have to update on, D how many times per day should he be fed. He is willing to eat snails if I give them to him. Also if anyone was wondering how I came up with the name fletcher, I named him after jim carrey's character fletcher reede in liar liar. I just really liked that movie so I decided it was a suitable name.
     
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    LOL, you should feed your guy 1/2 his mantle length every day. Well thats what i do.

    I named my octopus beans because i watched the movies hot rod the night before i got her. If you seen it then you know when the brothers go cool beans.
     
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    Are these guys kinda like bimacs, but tropical?
     
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    I've never had a bimac but I am pretty sure they are fairly similar except smaller.
     
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    Feeding is still a very open topic. Roy has (or had) a bimac that lived an astounding 3 years and he feels that keeping them underfed is the key. I am not sold on our vernable professor's diagnosis as the full reason for this amazing longevity though :oops:.

    As a bit of a compromise to having a constantly hungry octo but taking Roy's observation into account (as well as a long practiced fasting method used with seahorses) we feed our octos once a day, 6 days a week and fast the entire tank 1 day a week - SueNami will occassional coax a small crab from us on the fast day, it just can't be helped :roll:).

    Experiment with how much but you really can't go by what he eats for the next two weeks as much of it will be nervous eating. Once he knows he will be fed, his eating patterns will change and I am betting he won't eat snails or hermits often.

    Do give Fletcher a variety. One of the things to try while he is still nervous eating is a thawed frozen shrimp on a stick. The sooner you can get him/her to accept dead food (I think the hummelincki is more scavenger than some of the others and is easier to train to frozen) the better. If you can find whole saltwater shrimp at the grocery (most are freshwater, tank raised and these will work if you can't get wild caught) these can be a staple once they are accepted. Live (or frozen before there is ANY odor) fiddler crabs, an occassional opened or partially opened clam, piece of raw scallop (they don't seem to like these more than the first couple of offerings for some reason). For a smaller octo, shore shrimp either damaged or recently dead are readily taken. A handfull of these can be left live in the tank and may be snagged as an appetizer on occassion but they are too fast for everyday feeding.

    You can put a live clam in the tank, he may or may not decide to open it but it will serve as a clean up critter if he leaves it alone (I have a photo of Octane or OhToo opening one - took him a long time). I put the clams (grocery store on ice - yes they survive) in a bucket of fresh seawater for a few hours and then in a separate tank for a day or two to clean out any pollution. A bucket with an air stone should work but I have a 10 gallon tank for live food that I use. Be sure to eliminate any that die very quickly or it will spoil the water and kill the rest. I find clams to survive better than mussels or oysters and are less damaging to the water quality if they die.

    That photo looks like good avitar material!
     

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