[Octopus]: Meet Bubba - O. vulgaris

Susan Grosskopf

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I have not been here in a while because I have not had an octo, but I got one last Saturday. The only picture I have so far is my new avatar pic but I will try to get more. He went right for the cave when I let him out and I do have a short video but he has not come all the way out. He just sits in the door until I put my hand in and tried to grab some empty shells and he put an arm out and then kind of charged me! He came with plenty of crabs and he seems to have collected them all in the cave. I gave him some more tonight and he just swept them all in the cave.
This scares me to say but I have been monitoring Casper's thread and I see a lot of the same behaviors.
I just started a new job and am very busy but will try to get better pics. D, can you direct me how to put the pics and video on the site please? It's good to be back.
 

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It scares me because I only have a 75 gallon tank and no other. He can not get big like Casper. I did find out that Bubba came from the Bay of Florida/Gulf of Mexico Bayside - from the upper Keys. I got him from the same business I got my first octopus, Bob. He was an O. briareus.
 

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Nice to see you again @Susan Grosskopf ! Here is a write-up I did for some of the site manipulations awhile ago (OK, several YEARS ago) that has been updated occasionally and is pretty much correct. I don't use my phone for the forum and have not attempted to update the tips and tricks for phone access. A quicky response for pictures is to open a window that lists the pictures you want to upload and drag them over a newly started post but there are several methods mentioned in the link.

@tonmo, I am going to ask you to explain the two ways to add video directly to the site. The Tips and Tricks thread addresses adding videos from other sources.

and @Susan Grosskopf I suspect Bubba is indeed O. vulgaris. There is a slight possibility that it may be O. burryi but gut feel is vulgaris and I am jealous!
 

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You may get lucky and your Vulgaris stay smaller like "little Bit" Other then that it might be time to get on craigs list or a local reef club and find something bigger. I got my new 150 for a crazy cheap price. In my opinion Casper is not the norm as far as size goes. My first Vulgaris did not get as big as Casper is now but you never know. Good luck and I am looking forward to seeing pics and vids. As far as getting another tank it seems there is a run of reefers getting out of the hobby which means there is a lot of systems for sale cheap. In my reef club there used to be maybe 1 per month per month "Getting out of hobby sales". In the last 2-3 months there have been 5-10 getting out sales in my club. Meaning there is a lot of quality equipment for sale cheap. I have seen 150g tank, stand, canopy and sump for 100$ there was a 210g T,S,C and sump for 250$ and ended up going all the way down to 150$ before it sold. I don't know if this is happening all over the country but it seems to be.
 

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Hi D! Thanks for the info but now another problem. He is not eating the shrimp my other Octo' have always eaten. Can you all give me a list of all other foods they may eat. I have a couple of Asian markets that I will check out and get all the hermit crabs I can from local salt water stores. I know blue crab claws and live shrimp, what else?
 

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Ok, I bought a 2-3" clam and a blue claw crab. I took the claws off the crab and offered it to him and I think he ate it. He has been trying to get into the clam. I went to another place and got a 1-2" clam and then got some more hermit crabs. Where do you get the live crabs from sirreal?
 

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