[Octopus]: Rinaldo - O. Hummelincki Meet my new octopus!!!

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    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    I have great news! Took a ride this morning to PA picked up a new octopus and he was not even out of the bag yet and ate a dead fiddler that didn't make the ride home!!! I have been octoless for too long! So for my first update, after dripping for an hour, I was able to lift him out of the bag in the pvc piece and place him on the sand in the tank. He stayed inside, dining on the fiddler for about 45 mins. When I went back to check, he was out looking around. The color changes and spikiness is amazing! As of now he is sitting on a shell watching us. I am debating whether to offer a second crab.... I think it's O'Hummelincki, has eyespots and curled up about the size of a lemon. I debated on bringing him home due to his size, as I think he's almost an adult, but my love of them won out!!!
     

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    The sizes on this species varies soooo much that it is impossible to guess age. I have had two larger males that I thought would only be with me a month and they lived 7 more. Unfortunately, even the small females started brooding within two weeks. I am hoping the white color inside the tube is because of the color of the tube since outside it looks amazing.

    I am really glad to see this species starting to show up again. I don't know if it means they are out looking for mates, if they had a good propagation year or if Haiti has started to recover (ecologically and financially) but it is good to see them again.

    Onn is getting long in the tooth (but still eating!!!) and Margay's tank is empty so I am hoping for one when it is again time.
     
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    That gives me hope he will be with me for a while! Didn't eat the snail...I discovered an hour or so later that his leg was stuck in the snail. He dragged it around for a while, and this morning he is out of sight but the snail is on the glass again. I'm hoping he didn't loose a piece of his leg. And yes he was matching the tube!!! He has amazing color and texture changes!!! Wish I could stay home and monitor the tank all day but alas...work calls!!!
     

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    Congratulations on your new octopus, Carol!

    Nancy
     
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    LOL, I started to "bet you" that the snail would survive but decided that was pushing my luck :wink:
     
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    congrats
     
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    Cool! I'm excited to hear all about this new guy and how things come along!
     
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    Day 5......Thanks!!! Di.....I had hoped he was eating...have not seen him since the "snail incident".....I scan the tank in the wee hours of the morning....I scan the tank before I leave for work...upon my return....resorted to using a small flashlight last night.....no sign, except there is no sign of the 2 fiddlers I put in the tank...I forgot this part....well...actually didn't but was hoping he would be different!!
     
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    I always hate the first two weeks, especially with this species. They seem to be very hardy but if it is female ... :fingerscrossed:
     
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    ...looking forward to the name! :octopus:
     
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    Day 6.....Last night my son...Kevin informed me he came home around 2pm and the nameless octopus....was plastered to the front of the tank....I'm envious....up at 5:30am this morn.....still no sighting.....huge sigh.....My feeder crabs are doing wonderfully though. I set them up in a 15 long with a little bubble filter and discovered I can train them to feed in the front corner of the tank with shrimp pellets! They absolutely love them and the food does not foul the tank! I'm down to 7 crabs so need to buy more. Debating whether to make another trip to That Pet Place or send daughter of my significant other who is residing in our home right now in South Carolina to priority mail up some fiddlers. Have not tried this before but also the bait shops down there sell live large shrimp. hmmmmm....
     
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    The shrimp probably would not make it but you can try adding "shrimp buddies" to the bag (should be available at the bait shop) and see what happens. If they almost make it you can freeze them :roll:. Crabs should do fine with just enough water to cover them fully and lots of air space. Be sure she double bags everything and loops the rubber band tightly around the top then folds the top over and rubber bands it again.
     
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    Congratulations on your new friend! Love the pics!
     
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    Day 12....Names Rinaldo......he has an attitude!!! I had a sighting over the weekend! The pic is a tad blurry but definite!!! He does not seem to know how to eat snails. I went collecting and came back with mud snails and another type plus hit the bait shop and bought a dozen green crabs. Seems to come out during the day. I was watching hockey and noticed movement on the front of the tank. By the time I realized it was him he had retreated to the side. He was black at first, obviously hungry so I put in a fiddler which disappeared almost immediately. 20131116_203943.jpg
     
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    I love it when they watch hockey! I've gotten some of my best bonding time in during Red Wings games!
     
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    With Onn (getting a bit long in the tooth at 9 months in the tank), I have recently tried skinned, deboned pieces of salmon. Not a great choice sustainably but my local Publix will cut me a 1" by 6" strip at the seafood counter (laughing at the purchase) and it seems to be successfully replacing the tougher shrimp that he has started rejecting. Be very careful to remove any bones as there have been reports of octopuses found with fish bones impaled in the brain and some of the bones I have found would seem up to the task.
     
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    A lot of the octos I've kept aren't that into snails, and seem to only eat them when there's nothing else in the tank to eat. Abe has taken a liking to shrimp tails (frozen from the store) in addition to any hermit crabs I give him. He'll pig out on hermits, but he seems to like having to pick the shrimp out of the tail better than if I give him a piece of anything "ready to eat." I've never kept a Hummelincki, though, maybe they like snails more than the abdopus seem to.
     
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    20131126_170915.jpg Well.......i have a very angry rinaldo......i had a weak moment and ordered what i thought was a nickle sized vulgaris...what i got was a tennis ball sized one......so what was to house a tiny baby octopus now has a pissed off rinaldo and the new one is still sitting in the jar he shipped in looking like O'briareus.........I think......
     
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    I'll strong second the O. briareus guess :grin:. Where did you find it?
     
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    Hey @corw314 - how's Rinaldo holding up? And your new guy??
     

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