- Nov 20, 2002
Day 3 - So on Saturday, on a whim, I called That Pet Place in Pa and asked if they had an octopus in stock. Answer was yes. Next question what kind? They said vulgaris, but I did not think so but since they did say is was definitely not a dwarf I asked them to put it on hold. Sunday morning a friend and I left at 8am and drove to Lancaster. Sitting in a medium pet home was an O'Briareus, about the size curled up of a silver dollar. She came home with me. I dripped her for 2 hours, upon entrance to the tank I did what I do which is let the new octopus come out on her own. Took her 5 minutes to realize she was freed. So far her home is in the front of the tank under several pieces of coral. She takes prawn from my hand and has eaten a piece last night and tonight. She is missing parts of all her legs and they look really short, but you can see the new tips starting to grow. Her mantle has some old injuries also. I have started the tapping on the glass before I offer her food. She gets really excited when she realizes I am holding food and the legs come flailing out all over the top of her hideout. My tank parameters are good except I still have a reading of nitrates but there is no trace of ammonia or nitrites. I do not think she has realized yet the extent of the size of her new home as she's been staying in her one spot. I'm very happy to have an octopus again as it's been over a year since I had the pleasure of experiencing one in my home!