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Inking on acclimation is not very common so she may be especially timid for awhile. Moving the rocks around in her new home may increase her discomfort. Instead of moving the rock. try holding a piece of shrimp (regular, raw grocery) on a feeding stick (bamboo skewers work well) in front of the area where you think she is hiding and see if you get a curious arm swipe (she may not take it because of the other options but may investigate).
 

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Inking on acclimation is not very common so she may be especially timid for awhile. Moving the rocks around in her new home may increase her discomfort. Instead of moving the rock. try holding a piece of shrimp (regular, raw grocery) on a feeding stick (bamboo skewers work well) in front of the area where you think she is hiding and see if you get a curious arm swipe (she may not take it because of the other options but may investigate).
I found the area where she’s hiding. Very hard to see but with a dim flashlight I saw her pushing out sand from under the rock. She stayed there for a few minutes and then disappeared under the rock again. I’ll definitely try the shrimp
 

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I am suspicious about her choice of hiding places and suggest you watch for eggs.
 

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I am suspicious about her choice of hiding places and suggest you watch for eggs.
She came out several times last night for a very short time. We watched from a distance. Only red light on the tank but when she saw us she darted back into her den. We noticed she used her arms to pull larger pieces of crushed shells into her den. Her den is completely hidden. If she lays eggs how will we know?
 

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If she does not come out for 2 weeks then you might consider moving a rock but with all the live food, it will be difficult to determine if she has stopped eating (the typical way one suspects brooding).
 

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Ok so Inky made a number of appearances and tonight become very uninhibited to the point we were nervous. She allowed the peppermint shrimp to grab one of her arms and she did nothing. She moved to the side of the tank stopped and for the next 15 minutes she did nothing and continued to allow the shrimp to pinch away at her arm. The next thing we see is the shrimp pull her from the glass and she falls upside down limp. She passed away. We couldn’t believe what we saw. How could that be? She was so active for several hours and died in minutes. I checked her den and there was nothing. If anyone has had a similar experience or provide any insight I’d be most grateful.
 

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and here's a short video of her last few moments just before the shrimp pulled her from the glass and she fell to the sand motionless.
 

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The "corkscrew" arm tips are almost always a sign of impending death either from senescence (which correlates with the behavior change), foul water or stress. She may well have already laid eggs and was captured in her end days (often the coloration will be a whitish grey and the mantle will be quite floppy and difficult to control). I suspect this is the case but immediately check your water for ANY ammonia or nitrites to be sure the problem is not that you need more bacteria. Also check the salinity.
 

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I'm sorry for your loss. Thanks for documenting all of that. D, point taken / agreed on the corkscrew arms being problematic, but is senescence seen without the octopus also turning white?
 



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