I have only just stumbled upon this section of the forum and figured it would be a nice idea to document the progress I (hopefully) make with my first octopus, Orion. A lot of the pictures I post at this point are cross-posted from a different thread in the octopus care section - apologies for that but they were all the best ones :) I got Orion on December 13th - 2 weeks ago. He was IDd as a Callistoctopus Luteus or "Starry Night" octopus from Indonesia. Upon arrival he had a mantle size of approx 1 inch. I have a tank which is approx 120 gallons with ~60kg of live rock and a few corals. He was shipped with a little piece of pipe to hide in which he didn't care for at all and completely ignored throughout acclimatisation: After being introduced to the tank he hid for the first 5 days. I tried feeding him half a frozen thawed mussel every other day - by leaving it at the front of the tank for him to take then removing it if he ignored it - and on day 4 the offering had disappeared by morning. There were plenty of crabs and other critters crawling about so I wasn't terribly worried about him rejecting the thawed food. On day 5 I got home from work to find a beady little eye watching me from between the rocks and I caught his tentative first steps out on camera: Straight after this video he hid in a tiny cave at the front of the tank before popping out and following my finger about on the glass for about 5-10 mins: View attachment 58309 View attachment 58311 View attachment 58313 He continued interacting for a good 20 minutes moving around the tank and watching me before he got bored and retreated to the rocks. On day 6 when I returned from work he was already out and about exploring the top half of the tank. He was holding on to the back of my tank in the flow enjoying being wafted about by the looks of things! When he saw me walk in he curled up his tentacles and looked like he was mimicing seaweed? Once he realised he was fooling noone he jetted about the top of the tank a bit, had a look at the weir (had me worried he would try and squeeze thorough!) then came and settled at the bottom to interact some more. It was lights off, but I turned them on after a few minutes to see if they bothered him (he didn't react, just carried on so I left them on). He followed my finger around a while again and climbed all the way up to the top and sat up in the corner watching me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0Ehv9F9XkM View attachment 58315 View attachment 58316 View attachment 58317 I put a mussel in for him at this point but he didn't seem fussed about it at all. I didn't want to scare him by holding it right up to him (regret this decision now as it was an ideal opportunity). This was one he left all night and didn't touch. This was the last time he interacted at length and the last time he came out with the main lights on. Since then he has fallen asleep on the back of the tank once (was still there when I went to bed about midnight) and he interacted once by going to a specific corner of the tank, looking at me and climbing on the glass a little, then shying away, climbing up, falling down then repeating the cycle over and over. In hindsight perhaps he wanted something to eat? But I was too afraid of scaring him to open the tank and give him something on a stick. Next time I will do this, though. I don't feel very good at knowing what's the best thing to do at the moment with him which is very frustrating. On Day 10 he was sat in his corner all curled up, I think he may have been sleeping because when I came up close to have a look his pupil suddenly went all big then narrowed like he was startled, but he didn't get up. I attempted to offer him some mussel on a skewer and he gently touched it but then slinked off into the rocks and wasn't interested. Leaving the mussel in "his spot" didn't lure him back out. In fact I haven't seen him in that spot since! He came out a little later on at about 1am (this was a late night as I was crocheting a last minute xmas present for my nan) and was wandering across the front of the tank. When he saw me looking back at him he elongated his head, stood up tall and shimmied off into a hole and hid again! I don't really know what that meant, if he was being playful, or was scared, or aggressive? I thought I'd try and get myself in his good books again by making him something fun so I put some frozen-thawed krill in a glass bottle for him to figure out.. The only thing that achieved was trapping a tiny crab the next morning who was happily attached to half a krill and didn't want to let go! I haven't seen him for a couple of days now. I put in 2 live hermit crabs for his Xmas dinner (he didn't touch them though!), so put a mussel in last night to make up for it. That was a bit chewed this morning but who knows, that could have been his Xmas dinner having a munch! I also fashioned a "toy" out of a couple of straws with frozen-thawed krill attached for xmas but he didn't touch that, either. Now at day 13 I am a little concerned considering how I haven't seen him in so long (2-3 days) and I am worried I have missed important opportunities when I should have interacted with him more but didn't for fear of crowding and scaring him off.. Or that I have inadvertently done something to make him afraid of me (spooked him without realising when I was cleaning the tank maybe??). I am going to try and get him some fresh shrimp after work today if the supermarket is open to try some variation, maybe he is tired of mussel. I am also looking into options for integrating more live food into his diet to keep him entertained, and some red lights for viewing at night. Fingers crossed I will see more of him soon!