Octavia - O. hummelincki

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No name yet so I won't post species until she has a name just to let a few non-staffers (or Alex) guess since we have not seen many of these lately and we have a lot of new members.

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In The Tank (after 1 hr 40 min sitting in container tearing apart (but not eating) a thawed crab)


I am a little worried that she may be close to brooding. Within hours of entering the tank she was coming to the front to see us and allowed me to pet her for 3 or more minutes, several times. This is not normal immediate behavior. She looks like Octane and OhTwo and not like Maya or Serendipity so I am crossing my fingers really really hard that she will not brood in the next couple of weeks.
 

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It sort of looks like my new BIMAC! But i'm just an FNG to keeping OCTO's so not really sure, congrats on the new addition! I do believe mine is female also but not sure, she is friendly too.
 

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Blaster, you are close in your observation but off in the guess. This is a Caribbean, warm water animal.

Yes, you have it Alex but this was way too easy for you and is why I explicitly exclude you :sagrin:

Since I had the camera out, she would not come up and play tonight but showed more interest than I expected (they tend to interact the first time and then be timid for about 3 days but she is so fast to interact, I gave it a try anyway). Later I could not find her and was worried since IMO this species does not usually stay hidden a lot (or do a lot of squeezing into small spaces). Ultimately I spotted her as a rock in the front of the tank :oops:. My son (who is color blind so it is even more difficult) could not see her until I approached and caused her to change colors a little.
 

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Cuddlycuttlefish,
If you click on the thumbnail under the title "with crab" the purple is visible. The telltale eyespot (ocellus) is hard to see in any of the pictures but it is O. hummelincki (or as much as any of them have been as this species has a few mysteries).
 

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Thanks GPO87 but the best one is not mine :oops:.

She spent the first night on the wall. We see this frequently and I wonder if they wait to see who might own the potential dens before adopting one. Last night she took a den and now she is not coming out (but is eating) so her behavior is closer to normal for a newly tank acclimated animal. Hopefully, she will start coming out within the next two weeks and then not immediately start brooding. We see the brood after two weeks so often with the females of this this species that I can't help but add that to my normal first two weeks of breath holding.
 

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