[Octopus]: Kobe - Abdopus aculeatus

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I ordered a new octo from Live Aquaria which I received on Dec 27th, so I have had him for just over 1 week. I am pretty sure it is an Abdopus aculeatus. He has been interactive and diurnal from Day 1. His mantle is about 2 inches long and his longest arms are 4-5 inches long. He has eaten both live crabs (2) and two pieces of frozen shrimp since I have had him. I am pretty sure it is a male based on him keeping his 3rd leg CCW from his mantle curled most of the time.

As yet I have not named him (being superstitious) and want to wait until after he is through the 2nd week. I will say he seems to be acclimating very well so far.
 

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Thank you, it is great to be back. As I said this octo is very active. He spends a lot of time "dancing" on the glass on the front of the tank. He also likes to poke his head just above the water as he moves across the front. When I have the lid up he doesn't stick more than his eyes above the surface of the water, but he did shoot a stream of water at a friend last night when she seemed to get to close when the lid was up. :smile:

Hopefully this behavior is normal. Has anyone else observed this behavior with their octo?
 

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He sounds like an extra fun octo! I'd say he sounds normal for an aculeatus, and I'd agree with that ID. Aculeatus is my favorite species to keep- you've already found out why! Hope all goes well with acclimation, but it sounds good so far!
 

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Well those aren't jars, it is a "critter house" I built as something for him to crawl through. I'll take a pic from the front to better show it. This pic is right after our dog startled him.
 

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The seem to learn to ignore dogs pretty quickly but I have problems with our dogs deciding they have a captive audience when I am photographing the octo tanks or have one hand in the tank. Some how this equates to a good opportunity to demand to be petted. It is hard to ignore a dog that weighs 20 pound less than I do and has a hard, bony head.

I saw the construction but was not quite sure what was inside. Is there a maze or shelves of just a way to go between the two. Is it part Lego?
 

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