New Octo Advice Needed

Spinelli1

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Hey all,

Long time lurker. First time octo owner.

After a year cycle with some damsels and a puffer I finally got an octo. Puffer and damsels have been removed.

Octo is pretty small and was IDed (to the best of the marine biologists knowledge) as a Briarius.

I got him and drip acclimated him for about 4 hours and then set his PVC pipe in the tank. The tank is a 200G tank. Sand substrate with plenty of live rock.

He crawled along the glass and studied his viewers as much as we studied him. Then he jet propelled into a hole in the rock where he stayed for about 24 hrs. I had my tank guy come and add some rock and do some maintenance and he rearranged some rock (not the rock he was in)

I tried to entice him with some frozen scallop to no avail. So I left 2 pieces on the bottom overnight but they were not eaten.

Now 2 days later I have spotted him in a den. The scallops arent eaten. When I first spotted him I could see him breathing but the light made him smush back into the den.

I put some small crabs in the tank so he can eat them at his leisure. I'm just afraid he isnt going to eat. They are around his den, one is even in it. He has moved since he slunk back but not much. Just changed position.

The tank is at my office so I cannot really view at night to see if he comes out. I may put a night vision cam on the tank to monitor.

I know acclimation is crucial to these guys so I'm very nervous. Do you have any suggestions? Anything I should do or try to get him to eat? Or is this fairly normal and I should just sit tight and completely leave him be for a few days?

Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated

Thanks!
 

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I just went to my office at 9pm to see if there was any activity. He was no longer in that den but I couldnt find him.... so I take it as good news that he is moving around.
 

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I would give it Time and space. Octopus are very sensitive to stress and only want to hide at first. So just keep an Eye out and It should. Ome around. Do You have a Good clean up Crew? Could be consuming Them and Uou would not even know it
 

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Thanks for the response. I dont have much of a crew. The puffer that had been in there ate almost anything i put in. There are about 10 blue hermits in there and I just put about 10 small crabs I caught yesterday in there.

Still no sign today. Ill leave him alone and hope he comes out. Soooooo hard not to shine a light in there to try and peek around for him but I'll do my best!!!!!
 

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Octopus are an interesting Animal in captivity in that They either do really good or really bad... there is no in between. So if It is hiding It is probably ok. Octopus that are not doing well tend to wonder out and stick to the side of the tank or somewhere out in the open. Locate it using a Red Light if You have one. It will not be as shocking. Then try feeding It once a Day.
 

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I think the advice is spot on that everyone had mentioned- patience in letting the little guy adjust and offering some live food as well. They don't always accept pieces of food right off and might take time for him to feel more at home. Time as in a few days to a week.
 

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Sorry for taking so long, life is a bit complex ATM. IME, animals that are not sexually mature (generally under 5 months) are VERY shy and only start to interact at the period of their lives when they become predator vs prey.

However, even with very young animals, feeding time can be a few minutes of interaction. I would suggest putting a pea sized piece of table shrimp on a feeding stick (bamboo skewers work well) and spend as much as 1/2 hour holding it close to any known den. Since your new buddy is in your office, try this either first thing each AM if you go in early or just after lights out before you leave.
 

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I think the advice is spot on that everyone had mentioned- patience in letting the little guy adjust and offering some live food as well. They don't always accept pieces of food right off and might take time for him to feel more at home. Time as in a few days to a week.
Thanks! Going on 6 days now since he went into hiding. But I had seen him alive in a den only 2 days ago so I believe he is fine somewhere. I'm going to be patient for a while. Even set up a night vision webcam with motion detection so I can monitor 24/7 to see if he comes out.
 

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Sorry for taking so long, life is a bit complex ATM. IME, animals that are not sexually mature (generally under 5 months) are VERY shy and only start to interact at the period of their lives when they become predator vs prey.

However, even with very young animals, feeding time can be a few minutes of interaction. I would suggest putting a pea sized piece of table shrimp on a feeding stick (bamboo skewers work well) and spend as much as 1/2 hour holding it close to any known den. Since your new buddy is in your office, try this either first thing each AM if you go in early or just after lights out before you leave.
Thank you! I will try this. I have spent a few minutes a few times with some scallop but not too long. It seems my scallop falls off after a minute or two! I got 36" bamboo skewers so I can reach down to the rocks.

What you mentioned about young octos makes sense. If he were the species thought to be, he would probably be pretty young. He also reacted like prey when he first went in and got startled and jet propelled into a hole.

I will give a nice attempt each morning to see if he will come out for a taste. Problem is I have a nice amount of rock in there piled up and he seems to not only go in the caves (where I saw him in that time) but also we saw him day 2 inside a tiny little hole in the rock. We just could see the suckers inside the rock. The hole into the rock was the size of a dime.
 

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